Over the last year, Russia has been in the news, real and fake, as possibly never before. To many Americans, Moscow has emerged as our greatest threat, embarked on a concerted campaign to undermine democracy across the world. And Vladimir Putin is the man responsible.
But Russia is also over 140 million people, spread across 11 time zones, with diverse experiences, lives, and worldviews. Behind the towers of the Kremlin is a complicated country still navigating its identity and global course.
On March 18, Russians will vote (and some will stay home) in a Presidential election which all but a very few agree is pre-determined. With Vladimir Putin sure to emerge victorious for a fourth term, how do those Russians see the world? Why, in this multicultural, multiethnic land, is one man poised to enjoy over two decades of rule? Do most Russians truly support Putin? Which ones? Is their support unconditional? What sort of government and society do they want, and what sort are they building? What does all of that tell us about Russia’s future trajectory and its relationship with the United States?
Join for a focused expert discussion that unpacks Russian attitudes, Russian politics, and Russian interests on the eve of their presidential vote—and emerge with a better understanding of Russia, its President, and what it all might mean for the United States.
Discussion will be moderated by Susan Glasser of POLITICO.
This event is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.