Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? In discussion with the authors

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Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? In discussion with the authors

25th August 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

He has been poisoned, harassed, and demonised, but even behind bars Aleksei Navalny remains Russia’s most prominent opposition figure. There is no doubting his bravery and, yet, both inside and outside Russia, he provokes a range of divergent reactions. To discuss Navalny’s political evolution, the Kremlin’s responses to him, and the future of his anti-corruption movement, the Henry Jackson Society is delighted to be joined by Ben Noble, Jan Matti Dolbaum, and Morvan Lallouet as they talk about their new book: Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future?

Released this month (August), Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? explores the ‘many dimensions of Navalny’s political life, from his pioneering anti-corruption investigations to his ideas and leadership of a political movement’. Sharing their findings, the authors will place their research in the context of the upcoming September 2021 Duma elections, where Navalny’s allies have been promoting the Smart Voting strategy to deprive United Russia of votes. Looking even further ahead we will then turn to the likely short and medium-term future of Aleksei Navalny personally – and of his wider anti-corruption movement – in a Russia that is becoming increasingly authoritarian and intolerant of dissent.

The Henry Jackson Society welcomes the authors of this timely book and invites you to join this important discussion.


Dr Ben Noble is Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London, a Senior Researcher at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs). Ben’s research focusses on authoritarianism, legislative politics, comparative politics, and Russian domestic politics. He regularly contributes to media discussions about contemporary Russian domestic politics, with bylines in general-readership publications, including Newsweek, The Telegraph, The Washington Post ‘Monkey Cage’, Vedomosti, and The Moscow Times.

Dr Jan Matti Dollbaum is a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) at the University of Bremen, specialising in activism and civil society in Russia. He is also an Associated Junior Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK) and an affiliated researcher at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen.

Morvan Lallouet is a PhD candidate at the University of Kent, researching Navalny and the Russian opposition. He also holds an MA (research) from Sciences Po in Paris and a taught MA in International Relations from the University of Kent.

Dr Jade McGlynn is a Research Fellow specialising in Russian political culture and foreign relations. Prior to joining HJS, Jade worked as a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Oxford. Jade holds a DPhil in Russian from the University of Oxford, where she also gained her BA in Russian and Spanish. She also has a Masters by Research in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham. Jade has published in various media outlets, leading academic journals, think tank reports, and collected volumes, and she is currently finalising a manuscript on the politics of memory in Putin’s Russia. She lived and worked in Russia for five years.


25th August 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


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