35th Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture: Elections and Protests: Government Influence and Social Attitudes in Today’s Russia

Lecture | November 21 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Maria Lipman, Editor, Point & Counterpoint

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The year 2019 has been marked by several unexpected developments. The Moscow city council elections, usually a non-event, resulted in mass street protests after the government barred undesired candidates from the race. The police responded with unprecedented brutality. The prosecution of some of the protesters was extremely arbitrary, even by Russian standards. What followed was a campaign of solidarity with the victims, unheard of in the two decades of Putin’s increasingly repressive regime. How and why has Russian society changed? Is it merely a Moscow phenomenon? Is there a chance that societal developments will force a political shift? Or will the Kremlin retain its dominance over Russian