Past event

Invitation Only

Political Protest in Russia and Belarus

Chatham House, London

Russia and Eurasia Programme, Robert Bosch Fellowship

Participants

Katia Glod, Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

Overview

Russia and Belarus have both seen public anger at the direction that their governments have taken. This has most visibly manifested itself in street action. There are similarities between the two countries: a desire for political change by the middle class, retrograde responses by the authorities, the nature and modus operandi of the opposition and the apolitical peripheries. But the countries differ in their levels of openness, economic opportunities and elite structure – factors which will impact differently on the protest dynamic and the nature of change.

This event will explore the role that public pressure on the elites is likely to play in political change in Russia and Belarus. 

Attendance is by invitation only.