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Online Event: Understanding a Year of Political Turmoil in and Around Russia

December 8, 2020 • 9:00 – 10:00 am EST

Ninth Annual Transatlantic Forum on Russia

A constitutional overhaul. Protests in Khabarovsk and a flawed election in Belarus. An anemic economy and a raging pandemic. A poisoned opposition leader. Turkish forces deployed in Azerbaijan, Russia’s ‘near abroad.’ For the Kremlin, 2020 was supposed to be a triumphant year but it rapidly transformed into one of deep uncertainty and malaise. How should we interpret all of these events? As rumors circulate in Moscow questioning President Putin’s longevity as Russia’s leader, is the regime stable? Where is public opinion trending ahead of the consequential 2021 Duma elections? How do a younger generation view Russia’s future? And, what does all of this mean for Europe and the incoming Biden administration? Please join CSIS and the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (CPRDU) for a conversation with Denis Volkov, Deputy Director of the Levada Center, and Andrei Kolesnikov, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, on Russian internal political and regional dynamics.

This conversation is the second in a series as part of the ninth annual Transatlantic Forum on Russia, which will discuss the impact of geostrategic competition on the international system and the implications for Russia and the transatlantic partnership. A link to the first conversation in our series featuring U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Biegun and Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Przydacz can be found here.

This event is made possible through generous support from the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding and Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Event Partners


Heather A. Conley

Denis Volkov

Deputy Director, Levada Center

Andrei Kolesnikov

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Moscow Center

Ernest Wyciszkiewicz

Director, Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding