Understanding Today’s Russia - Geopolitical current affairs lecture by Laura Starink.
Geopolitical current affairs lecture on current Russian developments. The immense country is frequently in the news: espionage, the MH17 process, the interferences in Belarus, Syria and Ukraine, etc. The foreign policy of the Kremlin is aimed at putting Russia back on the world stage. Are we heading towards a new 'Cold War'? How does this effect the US, China and Europe? And what can we expect from the parliamentary elections in September, after Navalny's detention and the flight of prominent opposition leaders abroad?
Laura Starink looks back on the past two years, in which the Kremlin also turned the screws domestically: the constitution was amended so that Vladimir Putin - now in power for 20 (!) years - can remain president until 2036. And Starink looks ahead: Where does he want to go with Russia? What role will it play in neighboring countries such as Belarus? Is there still any form of opposition possible in Russia? Will the internal repression continue? And how is Russia doing after Covid-19?