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It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past
Feb 19, 2013


TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2013 | 6:00PM
LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING
This program was not recorded.

Russia today is haunted by deeds that have not been examined and words that have been left unsaid. A serious attempt to understand the meaning of the Communist experience has not been undertaken, and millions of victims of Soviet Communism are all but forgotten. In this talk David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent and longtime writer on Russia and the Soviet Union, will explore the moral and spiritual crisis of Russian society. How is it possible for a government to deny the inherent value of its citizens and for the population to agree, and why do so many Russians actually mourn the passing of the Soviet regime that denied them fundamental rights? Through a wide-ranging consideration of attitudes toward the living and the dead, the past and the present, the state and the individual, Satter arrives at a distinctive and important new way of understanding the Russian experience.
David Satter is senior fellow, Hudson Institute, and fellow, Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He was Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times from 1976 to 1982, then a special correspondent on Soviet affairs for the Wall Street Journal.