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Oct 13, 2017

Join us as Masha Gessen (Vladimir Putin’s biographer) reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia has surrendered to a more virulent and seemingly invincible new strain of autocracy. Following the lives of four people born at the time of what promised to be the dawn of democracy in Russia, The Future is History charts how the machinations of Russia’s new regime would crush them all.

The book is a cautionary tale for our time, and for all time. Gessen is a Russian-American journalist who wrote Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and gives an unparalleled understanding of the forces that wrack Russia and the world. Gessen will be in conversation with Jill Dougherty, who served as a CNN correspondent for three decades, with an expertise in the post-Soviet region. She was CNN’s White House correspondent from 1991-1996.  

Presented by Town Hall Seattle, Seattle University, and The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies as part of the Civics series.

Recorded live at Seattle University by Town Hall Seattle Sunday, October 8, 2017