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Russian Civil Society in the Time of COVID-19
Join us for a meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Seminar, a forum co-hosted by the Harriman Institute and the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

Russia’s restrictions of movement and extensive use of surveillance technologies during the coronavirus pandemic have raised concerns about possible damage to civil society and community organizing. Has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted civil society development in Russia, or has this peculiar time drawn more attention to the need for citizen-run efforts to better life in the country? Join us to hear our panel discuss what civil society efforts look like in Russia in the time of COVID-19, how challenges that existed before the pandemic have manifested and been exacerbated, and what the future is for Russian civil society post-COVID.

This event is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Sarah Lindemann-Komorova, Scholar and Community Development Activist based in Novosibirsk

Andrey Semenov, Associate Research Scholar at the MacMillan Center at Yale University and Senior Researcher at the Center for Comparative History and Politics

Valerie Sperling, Professor of Political Science at Clark University

Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, Director of the Agency for Social Information, Moscow

Denis Volkov, Deputy Director of the Levada Center, Moscow

Moderated by:

Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Joshua Tucker, Director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, New York University

Attendees may watch via Zoom webinar or on YouTube Live:

Jul 8, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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