<< The Body Politic

Citizenship abroad: a quest for democratic citizenship in Russia

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We have noted before Leon Aron’s look into Russian civic society based on his trip to the country last July. On the trip, Aron interviewed leaders of different grassroots organizations and democratic movements in an effort to better understand civic culture and citizenship in Russia. At an event at AEI tomorrow (to be live-streamed here), Aron will be discussing his findings:

A quest for democratic citizenship: Civil society in Putin’s Russia

Thursday, May 31, 2012
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
AEI (1150 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036)

About This Event

The hundreds of thousands of protesters that have flooded Moscow and other cities since Russia’s fraudulent December 4, 2011, parliamentary election have given visibility to the country’s burgeoning civil society. Last summer, Leon Aron and Daniel Vajdic, both of AEI, spent nearly a month traversing Russia and conducted 40 hours of recorded interviews with the leaders and activists of six grassroots organizations.

How do civil society organizations operate in the authoritarian environment of Vladimir Putin’s “sovereign democracy?”  To what extent are they able to further their causes despite pervasive corruption and the rule of courts that take their cues from the Kremlin? What are the long-term prospects for civil society in Russia and how will civil society affect the country’s flourishing pro-democracy movement? Leon Aron will explore these issues in his presentation, which will be followed by the panel’s comments and reactions.


1:45 PM

2:00 PM
Leon Aron, AEI
Leonard Benardo, Open Society Foundation
Andrew Kuchins, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Andrew Weiss, RAND Corporation

Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI

4:00 PM