Lecture by Gregory Feifer “Russians: The People Behind the Power”

2015-02-10 Institute News

Vilnius University’s Institute of International Relations and Political Science (the Centre for Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies) together with the U.S. Embassy Vilnius and publishing house Tyto alba invites you to a public lecture by Gregory Feifer: “Russians: the People behind the Power” on February 20 (Friday), 10 a.m. at the IIRPS VU (Room 402), Vokieciu st. 10.

The author of the eponymous book, Gregory Feifer will give an overview of the two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reasons for popular support in Russia for an authoritarian leader, who has ended democracy, overseen an explosion of corruption, and started a new cold war with the West.   

Gregory Feifer is Europe editor for The Global Post. Previously, he was senior correspondent at Radio Free Europe in Prague and NPR bureau chief in Moscow, where he covered Russia’s resurgence under Vladimir Putin. He reported from across Russia and other former Soviet republics, and observed the effects of Russia’s vast new oil wealth on an increasingly nationalistic society, as well as Moscow's rekindling of a new Cold War-style opposition to the West.

Gregory Feifer is a graduate of Harvard University and is the author of "The Great Gamble," a history of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

His work has appeared in numerous outlets, including The New Republic, The Washington Post and World Policy Journal.

His lecture will be delivered in English and moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dovilė Jakniūnaitė.

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