The Crisis of Russian Democracy and Medvedev's Challenge
Professor Sakwa will argue that contemporary Russia has a hybrid political model in which the normative/legal system based on the constitutional order is challenged by shadowy arbitrary arrangements. The question remains open whether, as President Medvedev has argued, the constitutional state is capable of extending its authority and evolving into a consolidated democracy.
Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury and an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.