Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? w/ Ben Noble, Jan Matti Dollbaum & Morvan Lallouet (moderated by Dasha Afanasieva)

21 Sep 2021 – 18:30 (BST)
Waterstones, London - Gower Street
82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ

Join authors Ben Noble, Morvan Lallouet and Jan Matti Dollbaum as they discuss their fascinating account of Russia’s famous dissident with columnist Dasha Afanasieva.

About the book

Who is Alexei Navalny? Poisoned in August 2020 and transported to Germany for treatment, the politician returned to Russia in January 2021 in the full glare of the world media. His immediate detention at passport control set the stage for an explosive showdown with Vladimir Putin.

But Navalny means very different things to different people. To some, he is a democratic hero. To others, he is betraying the Motherland. To others still, he is a dangerous nationalist. This book explores the many dimensions of Navalny’s political life, from his pioneering anti-corruption investigations to his ideas and leadership of a political movement. It also looks at how his activities and the Kremlin’s strategies have shaped one another.

Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? 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.

About the speakers

Dr Ben Noble is Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London, a Senior Researcher at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs). Ben’s research focusses on authoritarianism, legislative politics, comparative politics, and Russian domestic politics. He regularly contributes to media discussions about contemporary Russian domestic politics, with bylines in general-readership publications, including Newsweek, The Telegraph, The Washington Post ‘Monkey Cage’, Vedomosti, and The Moscow Times.

Dr Jan Matti Dollbaum is a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) at the University of Bremen, specialising in activism and civil society in Russia. He is also an Associated Junior Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK) and an affiliated researcher at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen.

Morvan Lallouet is a PhD candidate at the University of Kent, researching Navalny and the Russian opposition. He also holds an MA (research) from Sciences Po in Paris and a taught MA in International Relations from the University of Kent.

Event moderator

Dasha Afanasieva is a columnist in London for Reuters Breakingviews, writing about the economy and business in Russia and Turkey. She has been at Reuters since 2012 as a reporter in London and Turkey, covering the 2016 coup, the Syrian war and the migrant crisis. Prior to that she was a producer on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and the BBC Russian Service.

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