Boris Kagarlitsky, born in Moscow in 1958, was a dissident and political prisoner for more than a year in the USSR under Brezhnev. Then in 1993 under Yeltsin, as a deputy to the Moscow city council, he was arrested again. Since 2007, he has run the Institute for Globalization Studies and Social Movements in Moscow, a leading leftist think tank. He is the editor of the online magazine Rabkor and an author of numerous books. His most recent books to appear in English are Empire of the Periphery (Pluto Press) and From Empires to Imperialism (Routledge). Kagarlitsky has been both a prominent critic of Western stereotypical reportage on Russia and Ukraine and outspoken in his criticism of the Putin regime. His talk will examine the relations between Russia, Ukraine and NATO, uncovering and critiquing the roots of the present conflict.