Russia since the Collapse of Communism

Professor Leslie Holmes (The University of Melbourne)

Description

The collapse of both Communist power and the USSR in 1991 was a shock for many Russians, and resulted in serious identity problems. Their perceived humiliation was compounded in the latter half of the 1990s as their president (Yeltsin) appeared increasingly weak. Reaction to such humiliation helps to explain why so many Russians admire and support Putin.

Unfortunately, as the Russian economy has become more troubled, Putin has increasingly played the nationalist card - and recent events in Ukraine have worked to his advantage. But could this all backfire on both Putin and Russia?

This seminar highlights key Russian developments and problems since 1991; arguing that Putin is in a more precarious position than is generally realised.

Leslie Holmes, Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, highlights key Russian developments and problems since 1991; arguing that Putin is in a more precarious position than is generally realised. Facilitated by John Langmore.