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As the war in Ukraine continues, Vladimir Putin's most prominent political opponent, Alexey Navalny, remains in jail. Despite his imprisonment, Navalny's political movement continues in exile. AIIA Victoria is pleased to host an in-person conversation with one of the key figures in this movement: Leonid Volkov, Alexey Navalny's chief of staff and political director.

Volkov has been a critical player in building Alexey Navalny's political movement, serving as campaign manager for Navalny's mayoral campaign in Moscow in 2013 and his bid to get onto the presidential ballot in 2018. Between 2017 and 2021, Volkov created and led Team Navalny's network of regional offices in 45 Russia's largest cities. He continues this work outside of Russia, mainly in Lithuania.

In conversation with Associate Professor William Partlett, Volkov will discuss questions that are now of central importance to the whole world: What impact is the war having on Russian politics and society? Do the Russian people really support Putin's aggression? Why do we not see large-scale protests? More broadly, he will also discuss the short-term and long-term future of Russia. How is the Navalny movement continuing to work in dismantling the Putin regime? Does the war make political change more or less likely? And how can a robust, democratic, and peaceful Russia be built in a post-Putin Russia?

AIIA Victoria gratefully acknowledges the Walter Mangold Trust Fund for their support of our young members.

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