Russian Parliamentary Elections

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Expert:

Dr. Rudra Sil

Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:

• Co-Director of Penn’s Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business

• Author of Managing Modernity: Work, Community and Authority in Late Industrializing Japan and Russia and co-author, with Peter Katzenstein, of Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics. 

• Was in Moscow to speak with key labor officials and political commentators two weeks before the elections.

• Teaches courses on Russian politics, Third World development and comparative politics.

Quote:

“Coverage of the Russian elections shows us how social media can just as easily amplify the views of a frustrated minority as give voice to an oppressed majority. Whatever fraud occurred, the final results are close enough to pre-election projections to warrant a much deeper analysis than we are offering at present.”

 

Expert:

Dr. Kevin Platt

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:

• Chair, Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory

• Author of Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths

• Specialist in Russian culture and history

Quote:

“The official Kremlin position appears to be that while the Soviet past was the scene of regrettable bloodshed, Russians should by and large avert their eyes from these aspects of the historical record and attend instead to Russia’s triumphs, past and present.”