HAT Monthly Meeting, Sat Jan 14, 1:30pm: "Russia"

HAT Monthly Speakers Meeting Saturday, January 14, 2012 1:30 – 3pm
Location:   OISE, 252 Bloor St. west, Room TBD
Speaker: Dr. Nikolay Zyuzev, “Is Russia on the Road to Liberalization?”

Dr. Nikolay Zyuzev is a member of the Russian Humanist Association; he has a PhD in Philosophy from Moscow State University and currently holds positions in the Departments of Philosophy of Komi State Pedagogical Institute and Syktyvkar State University; he has presented, written and edited many papers and books on Russian culture; and he is also a professional journalist (he has been for many years a "Radio Liberty" freelance contributor) with political experience.

Dr. Zyuzev will talk about the current situation in Russia. Revolts are going on in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities; demonstrations are being held about the illegitimacy of the elections; arrests are occurring; and there are rumours that soldiers are being prepared. Dr. Zyuzev believes it is all just the beginning of a new long and painful phase in the process of liberalization in his country. Some aspects of the events sometimes are misread by local commentators. Whether Dr. Zyuzev is right or wrong in this observation – you can decide. Please join us for an insightful look at a fascinating country in turmoil from someone who knows Russian political life from within.