Thursday 6 February 2014, 6.30 - 8.00pm, CLM 2.02, Clement House
Discussants: Dr Samuel Greene, Dr Marie Mendras, Dr Tomila Lankina and Professor Vladislav Zubok
In February 2014, Russia will be hosting the Winter Olympics in the resort town of Sochi. In recent weeks, mainstream media commentary on Russia has focused on allegations of corruption, human rights violations, and pressure on Ukraine to back out of the European Union Association agreement. Yet the winter Olympic Games also present an opportunity to talk about how Russian society, economy, and mindset have changed since 1980, when the Olympics were held in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Russians themselves are divided about the meaning of Sochi. What does this even mean for Russia and the world? To discuss these issues, the Russia Program at LSE IDEAS will be holding a roundtable panel involving leading experts on Russia.
Dr Samuel Greene is Director of the Russia Institute at King's College London.
Dr Marie Mendras is a research fellow with the CNRS and CERI, and a professor at Sciences Po University’s School of International Affairs in Paris.
Dr Tomila Lankina is Associate Professor at IR Department, LSE.
Professor Vladislav Zubok is Professor of International History at LSE.
CLM 2.02, Clement House, London School of Economics.