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The Rise of Putin: Dashing Hopes for a New Russia

Robert Service and Catherine Belton Chaired by Matthew Stadlen

Sunday, 5 April 2020

4:00pm

1 hour

Worcester College: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Biographer and historian Robert Service and former Moscow correspondent Catherine Belton discuss the rise of Vladimir Putin, how he has dashed hopes for a new Russia, and the stark consequences of his rule for Russians and the rest of the world.

In Kremlin Winter: Russia and the Second Coming of Vladimir Putin Service explains how Vladimir Putin has dominated Russia since Boris Yeltsin relinquished the presidency in his favour in May 2000. Service says Putin’s rule has been marked by an increase in domestic repression and international assertiveness. However, he adds that Russia has also seen signs of liberal growth and its future is far from certain. Service is a leading historian of modern Russia. His books include biographies of Lenin and Stalin and Comrades: A History of World Communism. His Trotsky: A Biography won the 2009 Duff Cooper Prize.

Belton’s Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and then Turned On the West explains how wealthy ex-KGB men came to dominate Putin’s circle and how Russia came to hack the 2016 elections, sponsor extreme politics in Europe, make war in Ukraine and wage a concerted campaign to undermine the West. She shows how former KGB agents were able to siphon off billions in cash, seize private companies and replace the freewheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era. Belton was a long-serving Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times and has also reported on Russia for Moscow Times and Business Week.

Discussions are chaired by LBC radio host Matthew Stadlen, a former Telegraph interviewer and BBC presenter.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd