Navalny and beyond: Assessing the protests in Russia

(18-03-2021) Online roundtable event organised by the UGent Russia Platform. You can watch the recording here.

The Russia Platform hosted a roundtable on the protests in Russia on the 18th of March.

Navalny’s cunning use of social media and the wave of protests that has emerged in the wake of his arrest have raised questions about the sustainability of Putin’s reign.
This roundtable event critically addressed these questions by offering insights into the movement around Navalny and assessing to what extent the recent protests are a reflection of wider societal discontent rather than direct support for Navalny.
Also the implications for Russia’s political future were discussed, along with the role of traditional and digital media. As Russia’s relations with the European Union have further deteriorated over the poisoning and arrest of Navalny, the discussion also focused on the question what the EU should do.

Speakers:
• Dmitry Goncharov (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg)
• Nina Bachkatov (University of Liège, editor of www.russia-eurasia.net)
• Aliaksei Kazharski (Comenius University Bratislava)
• Rashid Gabdulhakov (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)
Moderator:
• Fabienne Bossuyt (faculty of Political and Social Sciences, UGent)