Beyond the Putin System
The economic crisis has sharpened debates in Russia on whether the current political regime is capable of evolution, or is doomed to stagnation or even collapse. Whilst President Medvedev has set modernisation as his watchword, there is as yet little evidence that the system is able to reform from within. This has led some to ask, if the 'question of power' were to arise again in Russia, who would answer it, and how?
This expert roundtable follows the recent publication of 'Without Putin', in which Mikhail Kasyanov and Evgeny Kiselev discuss the turning points in Russia's post-Soviet history and examine the processes which have led to the formation of the Putin system. The speaker will discuss the stability of the current political regime and likely scenarios for the future.
Mikhail Kasyanov is a former Prime Minister of Russia (2000-4). In 2006 Mr Kasyanov was elected Chairman of the People's Democratic Union (PDU), and nominated in June 2007 as a candidate for the presidential elections. In January 2008 Mr Kasyanov was barred by the Russian Central Election Committee from standing in the presidential election on the grounds of irregularities in the collection of signatures.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.