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A Discussion: “What Is the End Game for the Ukrainian Crisis?”

a discussion  “What Is the End Game for the Ukrainian Crisis?”

Event Date:  Thursday, September 25, 2014
Event Time:  5.30 pm – 8.30 pm ( registration starts at 5.30 pm)
Location:      Downtown Harvard Club
                     One Federal Street, 38th Floor
                     Boston, MA 02110

Will the Ukrainian civil war lead to a global war?  Will it result in a continuing decay of US-Russia relations? Will the Iron Curtain continue to fall? Or will there be a cease-fire and a gradual return to “normalcy”? What will be the new world order and the new regional order? Please join us for an informed discussion of these critical issues.

To answer these questions, we have invited two distinguished speakers:

  • Ilya Ponomarev, the only member of the Russian Duma to vote against Russian annexation of Crimea and a key figure in the opposition to Putin.
  • Vladimir Golstein, the Associate Professor of Slavic Languages at Brown University who told Forbes that everything we read about the Ukrainian crisis is wrong.

We expect our two speakers to provide a provocative and insightful analysis of the Ukrainian crisis and its impact on the new world order.

Short Speaker Bios:

Vladimir Golstein teaches Russian literature and film at Brown University. He is the author of Lermontov's Narratives of Heroism (1999) and numerous articles on all major Russian authors. He was born in Moscow, went to the US in 1979, and studied at Columbia and Yale Universities.

Ilya Vladimirovich Ponomarev is a Russian left-wing politician, member of the State Duma and a technology entrepreneur. Ponomarev has more than 20 years of prominent political stance, complemented with international operational and investment experience working in high technology industries with a primary focus on IT and energy. He is one of founders of former President Medvedev's Skolkovo project, which was implemented with close cooperation with MIT.

Ilya Ponomarev is known for his sharp criticism towards Pres. Putin's policies and his role within Russian opposition. In December 2012 Ilya Ponomarev was most vocal critic of Dima Yakovlev Law, restricting international adoption of Russian orphans (during first reading he was the only MP who voted against, in the last third reading this number grew to just eight MPs). In 2013 Ponomarev was the only MP that refused to support the gay propaganda law. On 20 March 2014, Ponomarev was again the only State Duma member to vote against the accession of Crimea to the Russian Federation in the 2014 Crimean Crisis.

Ilya Ponomarev holds BSc in Physics from Moscow State University and Master of Public Administration from Russian State Social University.

Price per person:  $40 (member) or $45(non-member) includes presentation and appetizers. Cash bar.

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