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Vladimir Putin: Personage, President, and Potentate
A Lecture by Nina Tumarkin

Sunday, September 24, 3:00pm
Members $8, Nonmembers $12. Call 978.598.5000 x121

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, is by many accounts the world’s most powerful political leader. What have been his chief goals, values and operating principles? What accounts for his vast popularity in Russia, even at a time of continued military engagements, low oil prices and economic recession? A product of Leningrad’s “mean streets,” the young Putin sought glory in the KGB, and after the demise of the Soviet Union – a collapse he rues to this day – moved into the heights of power.

In her lecture, Nina Tumarkin, Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies, Professor of History, and Director of Russian Studies at Wellesley College, will shed light on this enigmatic ruler, with a special focus on his symbolic politics and ideology, as he readies himself to run for a fourth term as president. Professor Tumarkin will also comment on Russian – U.S. relations in a time fraught with tension and uncertainty.

For a full biography of Nina Tumarkin, whose many experiences include serving as an expert adviser to President Reagan shortly before his historic first meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985, click here.

Please note that program fees are non-refundable.