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About the Event

Bad things happen to people that Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, dislikes. Aleksei Navalny, the most important leader of Russia’s opposition currently lies in a German hospital bed struggling to recover from a cup of poisoned tea. On February 27, 2015, Boris Nemtsov, a liberal politician who was steadfast in opposing Putin, was assassinated on a bridge near the Kremlin. When a poisoned beverage failed to dispatch journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya, she was shot to death in an elevator two years later. Politifact, the respected fact-checking service founded by the Poynter Institute, estimates that 34 Russian journalists have been killed since 2000.

Dr.  Benjamin Nathans is the author of five books and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. His current book project is “To The Success of Our Hopeless Cause: A History of the Soviet Dissident Movement.”