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The Possibility of a Democratic Russia
Save The Date: Lunch with Petr Kuzmin
Prof Vin Massaro
November 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
What are the prospects for democracy in Russia?
Will pro-democracy movements make a difference?
“The eventual collapse of Putin’s regime under the pressure of internal problems and external challenges is inevitable. While it’s difficult to predict when Putin’s rule will be over, his fall will discredit the ideology of imperialist expansionism and repressive autocracy. A window of opportunity will present itself for Russian pro-democracy politicians and civil society but the Western democracies will need to play an important role in ensuring that fair and open elections take place and their results are upheld. The possibility of a democratic Russia is not as far-fetched as might seem now, during the 23rd year of Putin’s rule and in the midst of an invasion of Ukraine.” – Petr Kuzmin
Petr Kuzmin is a Russian-Australian anti-war activist and a vocal critic of Putin’s regime within the Russian-speaking community of Australia. He was one of the founders of Svoboda Alliance, a pro-democracy community organisation focused on promoting universal human rights and political freedoms in Russia and within the Russian diaspora of Australia. Petr Kuzmin is a long-time supporter of Alexey Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation and is an official representative of Alexey Navalny’s team in Australia.
Hear first-hand the insights and experiences of the Russian-Australian diaspora and the hopes for democracy.