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February 5, 2018

Russia’s 2018 Presidential Election: What to Look Out For

Henry Jackson Society

TIME:  13:00 – 14:00, Monday 5th February 2018

VENUE: Committee Room 6, House of Commons,

Palace of Westminster, London SW1A OPA


Dmitry Gudkov
Russian politician, public figure and former independent deputy of the State Duma

David Satter
Former Moscow Correspondent, The Financial Times

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Russia’s presidential election, which will be held on 18 March, is virtually certain to see Vladimir Putin chosen for a fourth term. But Mr. Putin’s election campaign has not been without controversy. The last few months of 2017 saw members of Russia’s top policy-making circles airing their different views on what direction the country needs to take after the election. In December, Alexey Navalny, the anticorruption opposition leader, was banned from participating in the election. The start of 2018, meanwhile, has seen protests erupt across Russia in support of boycotting the election.

By kind invitation of The Rt Hon. John Whittingdale MP, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Dmitry Gudkov and David Satter, who will give their thoughts on the key issues and important trends in Russia’s domestic politics, and what Mr. Putin’s likely re-election means for Russia’s future.

Dmitry Gudkov

Dmitry Gudkov is a Russian politician, public figure and former independent deputy of the State Duma (Lower Chamber of Russian Parliament). Dmitry was elected as a member of the State Duma in December 2011 on the list of the party as “A Just Russia”, but later expelled from the party for disagreeing with Putin’s line in 2013. Gudkov was one the leaders who led the protest movement that swept the country following the contested Duma elections of 2011 and he was on the front lines of the Bolotnaya Square protest in 2011-2013 and participated in the peace march for Ukraine in Moscow. In 2012. D. Gudkov and Ilya Ponomarev led a parliamentary filibuster against a bill allowing large fines for anti-government protesters. The Economist described the filibuster as “the most striking act of parliamentary defiance in Russia”. Gudkov has announced plans to run for mayor of Moscow in September 2018.

David SatterDavid Satter is a former Moscow correspondent and expert on Russia and the Soviet Union. He served from 1976 to 1982 as the Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times and afterward became the special correspondent for Soviet affairs of The Wall Street Journal. He has written four books about  Russia, including, most recently, The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin, which was published by the Yale University Press. He is presently working on a comprehensive history of Russia after the fall of communism.