March 23, 2009 — Two senior advisers to former Russian presidents Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin will discuss Russia's return to power and influence in recent years at a University of Virginia forum on Friday, March 27, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
The forum, "Russia's Resurgence: Empire, Energy and Global Influence," will be moderated by Allen Lynch, a U.Va. professor of politics and one of the world's leading experts on Russian foreign relations. Lynch is a former director of U.Va.'s Center for Russian and East European Studies, which is sponsoring the event. His most recent book is "How Russia Is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development" (2005).
The forum is free and open to the public, and will conclude with a wine and cheese reception. It will be held in room 402 of Wilson Hall.
Speaker Andrei Illarionov was an economic policy adviser to Putin from 2000 to 2005, when he resigned. He is now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity in Washington, D.C.
He will be joined by Andranik Migranyan, a member of the advisory councils of Yeltsin and Putin from 1993 to 2000. He is now director of the Russian Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in New York.
The third panelist is Chrystia Freeland, the U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times and author of "Sale of the Century: Russia's Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism" (2000).
The symposium is dedicated to the memory of Thomas T. Hammond, the first professor of Russian history at U.Va. (1949-1991), and is co-sponsored by his former students, colleagues and friends. Other co-sponsors include the College of Arts and Sciences and the Vice Provost for International Programs.