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Russia: Haunted by Its Communist Past

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, a pivotal question is whether Russia has drawn lessons from the communist past. Hudson Senior Fellow, David Satter, in his new book, __It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past __(Yale), attempts to answer this question. He presents a striking new interpretation of Russia’s historical tragedy, locating its source in Russia’s disregard for the value of the individual compared to the goals of the state.

“David Satter points to the utter failure of contemporary Russia to confront its own bloody legacy of terror,” says author Francis Fukuyama.

Further Reading

David Satter, Awaiting the Next Revolution in Russia, May 10, 2012

Panel

Kenneth Weinstein, Introductory Remarks

Hudson Institute President & CEO

David Satter, Panelist

Hudson Senior Fellow and former former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times and special correspondent on Soviet affairs for the Wall Street Journal

Robert Amsterdam, Panelist

Founding Partner of Amsterdam & Peroff and lawyer for jailed Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Andrei Illarionov, Panelist

Senior Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at CATO

Miriam Lanskoy, Panelist

Director for Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy

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