Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? w/ Ben Noble
Join Navalny co-author Ben Noble for a talk about Russia’s most famous dissident and the politics he embodies.
About the book
‘An engaging and timely book about Navalny the man, the politician and the protester.’ — Luke Harding, The Observer
‘Anyone reading [Navalny] from the safety and comfort of Britain will be daunted, humbled — and outraged.’ — Edward Lucas, The Times
A Financial Times Politics Book of the Year
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 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 speaker
Ben Noble is Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London, an Associate Fellow at 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.