Beyond the Kremlin: Event Recap

Published on November 17, 2018


On October 16, 2018 the Julian J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs in collaboration with the Train Foundation and PEN America Center co-sponsored a wide-ranging conversation between Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian pro-democracy campaigner, David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, and Nina Khrushcheva, professor of International Affairs at The New School. The captivated audience of The New School Community learned about Russia’s autocratic past, and its gloomy prospects for democracy. The three panelists discussed the situation with Human Rights in Russia. They compared Russia under Boris Yeltsin with that under Vladimir Putin, and contemplated the protracted difficulty of the USA-Russia relations. They also commented on the Donald Trump administration own democratic shortcoming, which only play into the Kremlin’s hands.
Vladimir Kara-Murza is vice chairman of the Open Russia movement and chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. Twice, in 2015 and 2017, he was poisoned with an unknown substance and left in a coma; the attempts on his life were widely viewed as politically motivated.

David Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He is the Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of six books, including those on Russia, Lenin’s Tomb and Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia.

Nina Khrushcheva is professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School. Her latest book (with Jeffrey Tayler) is In Putin’s Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia’s Eleven Time Zones.

To watch the event, click here.