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CREES Live Stream Event. Authoritarian Backsliding: A Conversation between Alexei Navalny, Dr. Yevgenia Albats, and U-M Students

Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist; Yevgenia Albats, radio host, Ekho Moskvy and International Institute/WCEE Distinguished Fellow, U-M

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Please join us for a live-streamed discussion with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as he meets with International Institute/WCEE Distinguished Fellow Yevgenia Albats and students in her course, Political Science 489, "Why Nations Choose Autocrats: Authoritarian Backsliding in Post-Communist Countries."

Alexey Navalny is a Russian politician, lawyer, and founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation. In 2017, he campaigned to be a candidate in the Russian presidential election but was banned by authorities from running over trumped-up charges of embezzlement. His YouTube channel has more than 3 million followers, and one of his investigative videos, "Don't Call Him Dimon," has over 33 million views. He continues to be one of the most prominent critics of corruption and Vladimir Putin.

Dr. Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, radio host, and visiting U-M professor. Since 2007, she has served as Political Editor and is now Editor-in-Chief and CEO of “The New Times,” a Moscow-based, Russian-language independent political weekly. Since 2004, Dr. Albats has hosted “Absolute Albats,” a talk show on “Echo Moskvy." She graduated from Moscow State University and received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. She has been a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) since its founding in 1996. Albats taught at Yale from 2003 to 2004 and was also a full-time professor at the Moscow Higher School of Economics, where she taught institutional theory of the state and bureaucracy until her courses were canceled at the request of top Kremlin officials in 2011. Albats is the author of four books, including one on the history of the Russian political police, the KGB. Yevgenia Albats is the inaugural International Institute Distinguished Faculty Fellow for 2019-2020 in partnership with the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan.

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