Starr Forum: Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future?

Thursday, October 07, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Navalny makes sense of this divisive character, revealing the contradictions of a man who is the second most important political figure in Russia—even when behind bars. In order to understand modern Russia, you need to understand Alexei Navalny.


Morvan Lallouet is a PhD candidate in comparative politics at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). He is currently writing a thesis on Navalny, liberalism and the Russian opposition. 

Ben Noble is Associate Professor in Russian Politics at University College London, an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He conducts research on legislative politics, authoritarianism, and Russian domestic politics. He has published work in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Russian Politics, and the Journal of European Public Policy


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A session of the Focus on Russia Lecture Series co-chaired by Elizabeth Wood, professor of history at MIT and faculty director of the MIT Russia Program; and Carol Saivetz, a senior advisor in the MIT Security Studies Program (SSP).

Co-sponsors:  MIT Center for International Studies (CIS), MIT Security Studies Program (SSP), MISTI MIT-Russia

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