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The future of Russia (Aspen Institute)

22 June 2022, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

When Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of neighbouring Ukraine in February 2022, he plunged his country and his citizens into an ongoing period of economic decline and global isolation. He also exposed himself and his government to increased political instability. On day one of the war, he ramped up Russia’s propaganda machine and began conducting country-wide crackdowns on signs of protest and dissent. The government has imposed travel restrictions on its citizens, as nearly 4 million Russians were reported to have left the country by early May 2022.

Many of those who have left belong to the generation of outward-looking entrepreneurs and creatives who have lived, worked, or studied outside of Russia in the past – the same people who were driving Russia’s economic and cultural sectors until a few months ago. This is the group that has been marginalised most by Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, and is most likely to support the anti-war movement.

Is Russia facing a ‘brain-drain’? What does this mean for the country’s dwindling economy, and for the anti-war movement? What impact have Western and global sanctions had on Russia’s economy and society, have they gone far enough, and are the right people feeling the strain? And will Russia ever be able to repair its relations with the rest of the world?

These questions will be discussed at an online event hosted by the Aspen Institute. More details here.



22 June 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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