Peering Under the Rug: Sources of Information about Russia

Activity Type: 
Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Mark Galeotti, Maxim Trukolyubov, Kevin Rothrock
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 16:00 to 18:00
Event Status: 
As Scheduled
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Contact Person: 
Sera Passerini
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Mark Galeotti, Senior Associate Fellow at Royal United Services Institute

Maxim Trudolyubov, Vedomosti, Kennan Institute

Kevin Rothrock, Meduza

A popular meme about Russian politics is that it’s like “bulldogs fighting under a rug.” Namely, it’s opaque, shadowy, full of rumors, and driven by conspiracies. This image have become more common in the West over Putin’s long reign, and intensified since Russia’s interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. Where can we turn for clearer vision given the supposed murkiness of Russian politics? This moderated roundtable discussion with Mark Galeotti, Maxim Trudolubov, and Kevin Rothrock will explore media and human sources of information about contemporary Russia and its many promises and roadblocks.

UCIS Unit: 
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Other Pitt Sponsors: 
Department of Political Science
Department of History
World Regions: 
Russia/Eastern Europe