Thu, Feb 11 | Zoom

Member's Virtual Coffee & Discussion Group: Russia and the Navalny Crisis

WACME member Dakota Irvin (PhD, UNC Chapel Hill, Russian History) will facilitate our discussion of Navalny's imprisonment, the on-going protests, and diplomatic backlash.
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Time & Location

Feb 11, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

About The Event

This week we are fortunate to have WACME member Dakota Irvin, join us for a discussion to the Navalny crisis in Russia. Dakota has returned home to Maine after completing his PhD is Russian History at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. His dissertation focused on local government in the city of Ekaterinburg during the Russian Revolution and Civil War. His dissertation research, conducted in archives in Ekaterinburg, Moscow, and Chelyabinsk, was supported by a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship and a Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. He has published articles in peer-reviewed English and Russian journals and contributed several book chapters to edited volumes. He lives in Portland and works for an investment bank in Uzbekistan.

Suggested readings:

Alexei Navalny's Speech in Court on February 2

‘Vladimir the Poisoner’ A translation of Alexey Navalny’s speech in court on February 2 — Meduza

Andrei Kolesnikov, "Russian Protest in the Age of Online Transparency"

Russian Protest in the Age of Online Transparency - Carnegie Moscow Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Alexander Baunov, "The New Face of Russian Protest"

The New Face of Russian Protest - Carnegie Moscow Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Joshua Yaffa, "With Navalny Headed to Prison, Russia's Political Battle Enters a New Stage"

With Navalny Headed to Prison, Russia’s Political Battle Enters a New Stage | The New Yorker

Pjotr Sauer and Felix Light, "True Beliefs and Opportunism: Navalny's Tangled Political Development"

True Beliefs and Opportunism: Navalny’s Tangled Political Development - The Moscow Times

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, "Russian Groupthink"

Russian Groupthink – RIDDLE Russia (

Eliot Rothwell, "Aleksei Navalny: Man for All Seasons"

Aleksei Navalny: Man for All Seasons (

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Remember, this virtual event is strictly B.Y.O.C. (bring your own coffee)! Looking forward to seeing you there. 

Registration is now FULL. Please join us next month!

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