Please note that this Conference is in-person only.

Vladimir Putin's rule over the Russian Federation will not last forever. While the decision-making processes of his regime are opaque and shrouded by rumour and disinformation, there are clear signs that his hold on power is weakening. A succession of military setbacks in Ukraine, his indictment by the International Criminal Court, and the unprecedented uprising by Wagner forces in June, all suggest that we need to start preparing for a post-Putin future.

The effects of Putin's departure will have global repercussions. The post-Putin era may bring about a new geopolitical reality in the Asia-Pacific, forcing the US, China, and Australia to rethink how they commit to the region.

AIIA Victoria invites you to a conference to discuss what factors could influence Russia after the end of Putin's rule – will Russian politics be more of the same? Would Russia continue to threaten its neighbouring states like Ukraine? Or might it change fundamentally our assumptions about what Russia is? We have gathered leading academics, Russia experts, and members of civil society to examine this contentious topic. Conference participants include jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's chief of staff, Leonid Volkov, who will discuss the potential for democracy to prevail in a Russia where Putin is no longer President.

Specific panels will also examine the power of the Russian oligarchy and corruption, the role of civil society and human rights, and the aftershocks of the War in Ukraine on a post-Putin Russia and its international standing. Will a new Russia deepen its engagement with China, or is there a chance it might begin mending ties with the West? Join AIIA Victoria co-hosting with La Trobe University for one of the most timely and pressing international relations discussions.

Conference participants are welcome to attend one or multiple panels. To download the Conference flyer, please click here.

Complementing the conference will be the Australian premiere of a photo exhibition Faces of the Russian Opposition. This exhibition was designed by a group of Russian opposition politicians in exile and its aim is to draw the attention of the international community to the fact that those within Russia who resist the regime risk persecution. To access the photo exhibition flyer please click here.

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


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