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Russia, Ukraine and Us

Bridgett Kendell will try to put the dramatic events of recent days into the longer historical context and ask what they mean for our relationship with Russia.

It was meant to be a moment of glory for Vladimir Putin, basking in the glow from a successful winter Olympics. Instead the world's attention was drawn away from the ski slopes of Sochi and towards the barricades of central Kyiv. The violence on the streets was the latest chapter in the long and unpredictable aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union. For the Kremlin, the Ukrainian revolution was a takeover by fascist elements of a nation which lies at the core of Russian history, with Kyiv the birthplace of the Russian Orthodox Church. For pro-European elements in Ukraine, the events exposed the hollow bluster of Putin's rhetoric. Meanwhile a nervous world watches and waits to see whether the angry words explode into open conflict across national borders.

The BBC's diplomatic correspondent, Bridget Kendall, draws on her deep knowledge of the region to discuss these events with a distinguished panel. She will try to put the dramatic events of recent days into the longer historical context and ask what they mean for our relationship with Russia.

This public discussion will be recorded and will be broadcast at 8.00pm on Saturday 8 March, on BBC Radio 4| (@BBCRadio4|).

Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum|) is the author of, among other books, Putinism: The Ideology; Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956; Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe; and Gulag: A History. She is currently writing a history of Ukraine. Anne was the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE for the 2012-13 academic year.

Ben Judah (@b_judah|) is a Russianist and published last year, Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin. Ben is an associate fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Bridget Kendall is the BBC's diplomatic correspondent and former Moscow correspondent.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEUkraine


Professor Anne Applebaum | talks
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Chair: Bridget Kendall | talks


Date and Time:

7 March 2014 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Sheikh Zayed Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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