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Wednesday 24 March 202117.00 to 18.30
On the 3rd of July 2020 Vladimir Putin signed an executive order placing contested new amendments into the Russian Constitution. Of the 206 amendments, some key changes included the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, protection of the memory of those who fought in the Great Patriotic War, and ensuring protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity over Crimea. Most shockingly, however, is the so-called ‘reset to zero amendment’, which cancels out terms served by Putin so far, coupled with the removal of the term ‘in a row’, meaning he could in theory hold office until 2036.
Join us for a panel discussion on these political developments in the Russian Federation. We will discuss the implications of the reforms and critically inquire if they can be perceived as part of a trend in Russia’s authoritarian re-structuring.
Our speakers are:
Dr Ben Noble - Lecturer in Russian Politics at UCL. Dr Noble is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs).
Dr Gulnaz Sharafutdinova - KCL professor and author of The Red Mirror: Putin’s Leadership and Russia’s insecure identity (2020) and Political Consequences of Crony Capitalism Inside Russia (2010). Dr Sharafutdinova is currently working on her new book, The Afterlife of the ‘Soviet Man’: Rethinking Homo Sovieticus. 
Dr Timothy Spence - UCL Lecturer in Russian Politics. Dr Spence is a former senior political officer at the Delegation of the European Commission in Russia and has worked as a Russia specialist in both public and private sectors.
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