The Navalny Phenomenon: A Self-Made Hero

Davis Memorial Lecture
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How has Alexey Navalny, currently jailed as a prisoner of conscience in Russia, evolved from an anti-corruption blogger to the leader of the Russian opposition, the one person willing to publicly challenge Vladimir Putin? Is he capable of becoming a Russian hero of history, an “event-making man” as Timothy Colton labeled Boris Yeltsin in his ground-breaking biography? To what extent does the deinstitutionalization of politics in countries with non-democratic regimes depend on “heroes" to turn their nations around?

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The Kathryn Wasserman Davis Memorial Lecture is co-sponsored by the Davis Center, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. 


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