Vladimir Putin the subject of University of Hertfordshire free lecture

PUBLISHED: 17:57 02 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:57 02 November 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin


The motivations of one of the most divisive world leaders will be explored at a free lecture in Hatfield this week.

This year’s University of Hertfordshire Chancellor’s Lecture will feature an award-winning journalist who will talk about what drives the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Anne Applebaum, a columnist for The Washington Post, will delve into what motivates Putin, and where he is taking Russia in the talk titled Putin: A Great Strategist or a Great Improvisator?

Speaking ahead of the lecture, she said: “I will be discussing one of the most underrated problems of our time, namely the problems of a revanchist Russia.

“I will be discussing the nature of the modern regime and how it resembles its Soviet predecessor and how it is different.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning Ms Applebuam is an expert on Russia, having written extensively about communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe.

Her high-flying career has seen her work as a member of The Washington Post editorial board, as the foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator magazine in London, as the political editor for the Evening Standard, and as a columnist at several British newspapers, including the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs.

From 1988 to 1991 she also covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw correspondent of the Economist magazine.

Ms Applebaum will give the talk on Tuesday, November 3 at 6.30pm in the university’s Weston Auditorium, on the de Havilland Campus.

To register a place, contact the university in advance on events@herts.ac.uk or call 01707 284121.

Alternatively use the online form, which can be found at www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/events/events-booking-form

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