Does the Russian opposition have a Ukrainian problem?

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Laura Beers is Professor at Department of History, American University, Washington, DC. Her research focuses on modern Britain. She is particularly interested in the ways in which politics both influences and is shaped by cultural and social life, and in the role of the mass media in modern society. Her most recent book, Red Ellen: The Life of Ellen Wilkinson, Socialist, Feminist, Internationalist, a history of Britain’s second female cabinet minister, was awarded the 2017 Stansky award for best book published in the field of modern British history. She is also the author of Your Britain: Media and the Making of the Labour Party, as well as several journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited, with Dr. Geraint Thomas, Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation-Building in Britain between the Wars. She is currently editing the final volume of the new Cambridge History of Britain, covering the period from 1900 through to the present day.

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova is Professor of Russian Politics, King’s College London. She has recently published The Red Mirror: Putin’s Leadership and Russia’s Insecure Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020) that explores issues of authoritarian legitimation in Russia relying on social identity theory. She currently works on a book The Afterlife of the Soviet Man: Rethinking Homo Sovieticus and conducts research on digital technologies of governance and vaccine hesitancy in the context of authoritarian regimes. Gulnaz holds a PhD from the George Washington University, and speaks fluent Russian, Tatar and English. Gulnaz was born in Tatarstan, Russia, and still keeps tight connections to her homeland.

Ivan Gomza is Head of Public Policy and Governance Department at Kyiv School of Economics. He holds his Ph.D. in political science. Dr. Gomza was a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2013, the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in 2016-2017, and Petrach Ukrainian Studies Fellowship in 2022. His scholarly interests comprise democratization, authoritarian regimes, contentious politics, and good governance. Dr. Gomza had his articles published in international academic journals and sits on Communist and Post-Communist Studies journal editorial board. He also authored two books, his most recent title being Republic of Decadent Days: Ideology of French Integral Nationalism under the Third Republic (2021).

Jan Matti Dollbaum is a postdoctoral researcher at Bremen University, specialising in activism and civil society in Russia. He is also an Associated Junior Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK) and an affiliated researcher at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen. He is a co-author of Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? (2021).


Larysa Iarovenko


Gulnaz Sharafutdinova
Professor of Russian Politics, King’s College London

Ivan Gomza
Head of Public Policy and Governance Department at Kyiv School of Economics

Jan Matti Dollbaum
Post-doctoral research fellow at the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) at the University of Bremen

Lucan Way
Professor of Political Science, co-director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, CERES, University of Toronto

Laura Beers
Professor, Department of History, American University

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