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The Invention of Russia

Arkady Ostrovsky

How did Putin become the dominant player he is today? Russian-born Arkady Ostrovsky invites us to explore the making of modern Russia.

In the Drama Theatre.

“A first class journalist who has spent many years covering Russia...with an instinctive understanding of how politics, ideas and daily life really work there.”
The New York Times

The story of global power

Does Russia pose a threat to the west? With pithy and insightful observations, journalist and author Arkady Ostrovsky examines today's political reality from the perspective of Putin's Russia.

Tracking a clear path from Gorbachev to Yeltsin to Putin, he paints a beguiling history: Putin's rise was not an aberration, but a deliberate move, generated by careful control of the media and security services. Join Arkady as he takes a closer look at what is real, what is fake, and what is possible in today's new world order.

Session Partner: University of New South Wales

Inventing Russia: Arkady Ostrovsky
Read our series deconstructing the people and the movements that made them as part of Antidote, the Opera House's newest festival of ideas, art & action.

More about Arkady Ostrovsky...

Arkady is a Russian-born British journalist, and the Russian and Eastern European Editor for The Economist. He holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. His translation of Tom Stoppard's trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, has been published and staged in Russia. He is a regular guest on the BBC, Sky News, and NPR, covering Russia and the former Soviet Union. He was awarded the 2016 Orwell Prize for his book The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War.

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