Since the start of the 21st century, Russian President Vladimir Putin has dominated Russian politics. So much so that global media often refer to him as a czar and dictator. But is the perception of Putin backed by reality? Geopolitical Futures asks:
Russia is an enormously weak country. Putin is working desperately to make it appear more powerful than it is – and so far he’s doing very well at creating that illusion. Nevertheless, Russia’s fundamental problems still exist and there may be no clear way to overcome them. A free special report – Putin and Russia’s Illusion of Power [see below] – dives into the heart of Russia’s problems and details the path Putin has taken to reclaim Russia’s role as a major power.
As the Kremlin continues its crackdown on journalists, activists, and civil society, voicing opposition in Vladimir Putin’s Russia is not only becoming more challenging, but a matter of life or death, notes The Atlantic Council. It will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the current state of human rights in Russia and shed light on the great challenges that Russian human rights activists continue to experience.
Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, John F. Kennedy Belfer Center for Science, and International Affairs, Harvard University. Keynote remarks: The Hon. Benjamin Cardin US Senator for Maryland US Senate; The Hon. Marco Rubio US Senator for Florida US Senate. A conversation with: Mr. Carl Gershman (right) President National Endowment for Democracy, the Washington-based democracy assistance group; Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza (left) Vice Chairman Open Russia; Mr. Tomasz Malinowski Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor US Department of State. Moderated by: Dr. Alina Polyakova Director of Research, Europe and Eurasia Atlantic Council. RSVP CLICK HERE TO WATCH WEBCAST