Debate meeting at Litteraturhuset Thursday December 5th
On New Year’s Eve 1999, Boris Yeltsin resigned as president of the Russian Federation, leaving the office to his successor Vladimir Putin – an unknown, former KGB agent. Yeltsin had then been the leader of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a period characterized by tough conditions for the population. Putin took over a country in deep crisis, with a population ready for change. Various theories exist on Putin’s rise to power.
Putin is now in his fourth term as president of Russia. 2019 marks the year in which he has been in power for 20 years, making it a good opportunity to discuss how the country has evolved under his lead.
The seminar started with an introduction given by the American journalist David Satter, followed by comments from Research Professor Pavel Baev and former correspondent in Moscow Morten Jentoft. The three then discussed how Putin managed to gain support, his methods, and Russia’s future.
This event was hosted in cooperation with The Norwegian Atlantic Committee.
Watch video from the event here: