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Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia

Harvard Gazette
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Jan 28 4:30PM - 5:45PM
Gazette Classification: Humanities,Lecture,Social Sciences,Special Events
Organization/Sponsor: Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Speaker(s): Joshua Yaffa
Journalist and Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker Moderator: Timothy Colton
Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University
Cost: Free
Contact Info: For more information, please call 617-495-4037. Email for general inquiries: daviscrs@fas.harvard.edu
Link: https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events/between-two-fires-truth-ambition-and-compromise-putins-russiabr>
Joshua Yaffa, Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker, presents his first book, "Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia" (Tim Duggan Books, January 2020), in conversation with Professor Timothy Colton.

"In this rich and novelistic tour of contemporary Russia, journalist Joshua Yaffa introduces readers to some of the country’s most remarkable figures — from politicians and entrepreneurs to artists and historians — who have built their careers and constructed their identities in the shadow of the Putin system. Torn between their own ambitions and the omnipresent demands of the state, each walks an individual path of compromise. Some muster cunning and cynicism to extract all manner of benefits and privileges from those in power. Others, finding themselves to be less adept, are left broken and demoralized. What binds them together is the tangled web of dilemmas and contradictions they face.

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