At the end of 2021, the Russian Supreme Court approved the Russian government's demand that Memorial, an NGO promoting human rights and historical memory in Russia, be disbanded. This event, part of a hardline authoritarian backlash under Vladimir Putin, was soon followed by Putin's decision to embark on military operations against Ukraine, intensifying a war he began against Ukraine in 2014. This seminar explores the connections between Putin's repression of human rights at home and his bellicose policies abroad. These aspects of Putin's lengthy tenure in office are two sides of the same coin.
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