Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?
Professor Karen Dawisha, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 4:30p–6:00p
Location: E40-496, One Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA
Karen Dawisha is the Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the Director of the University's Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.
Russian scholar Dawisha describes and exposes the origins of Putin's kleptocratic regime. She presents extensive new evidence about the Putin circle's use of public positions for personal gain even before Putin became president in 2000. She documents the establishment of Bank Rossiya, now sanctioned by the US; the rise of the Ozero cooperative, founded by Putin and others who are now subject to visa bans and asset freezes; the links between Putin, Petromed, and Putin's Palace near Sochi; and the role of security officials from Putin's KGB days in Leningrad and Dresden, many of whom have maintained their contacts with Russian organized crime.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MISTI MIT-Russia Program, Security Studies Program, Center for International Studies
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