(King's Russia Institute) Book launch: The Red Mirror: Putin's Leadership and Russia's Insecure Identity by Gulnaz Sharafutdinova. Discussant: Maxim Trudolyubov, Opinion Editor, Meduza. Chair: Samuel Greene, King's Russia Institute, King's College London. Tuesday, November 24. London: 17:30-19:00.
Understanding Russian politics requires understanding the particular relationship that has developed between the Russian state and its citizens since the end of the Soviet Union. In her pathbreaking new book, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova explores Russian politics and Vladimir Putin's leadership through the lens of social identity theory, integrating the role played by Soviet identity, the transition of the 1990s and the Kremlin-controlled media machine in explaining popular support for Putin. [...]