Vladimir Putin’s Russia

    Masha Gessen, journalist and author
    Woodward Instructional Resource Centre Lecture Hall 2, UBC

    Saturday, February 4, 8:15-9:30 pm
    The Vancouver Institute Lectures
  •  Masha Gessen (photo: Tanya Sazansky)

    Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of many books, including Perfect Rigor, Blood Matters, Ester and Ruzya, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, and most recently, Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region. The previously untold story of an area once declared a Jewish homeland, Where the Jews Aren’t reveals the complex, strange, and heart-wrenching account of the dream of Birobidzhan—and the true history of Jewish people in twentieth-century Russia. As a journalist living in Moscow, Gessen experienced the rise of Vladimir Putin firsthand. In her 2012 bestselling book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, she gave the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world. Gessen regularly contributes to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and Slate, among other publications. She lives in New York. For more information on this speaker please visit www.prhspeakers.com

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February 4th, 2017 from  8:15 PM to  9:30 PM
Lecture Hall No. 2
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
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