Spaces of (Post-) Soviet Dissent in Russia

May 20, 2019, 4:00-5:30pm (RSVP requested)
6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

Join the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute for a talk on the historical context of protest activism in contemporary Russia. 

Recent mass protest rallies in Russia are often analyzed in terms of their economic and political ramifications. This panel will instead consider the historical context of protest activism in contemporary Russia. Participants will examine how different contemporary political activists and artists perpetuate, deconstruct, or subvert both the official line as well as dissent traditions in contesting state monopoly over the public space.

The Kennan Institute’s Billington Fellow Dmitry Kozlov will consider the spatial dimension of public protests in the Soviet Union and Russia. He will be joined by professor Kevin Platt of the University of Pennsylvania, who will examine anti-state aesthetics in the post-modern politics, and Mikhail Nemtsev, who will discuss absurdist protest movements in Novosibirsk.

The seminar will be followed by a light reception. RSVP is requested.


Dmitry Kozlov, James Billington Fellow, Kennan Institute; research fellow, Research and Information Centre "Memorial"

Kevin Platt, professor of East European and Russian studies, University of Pennsylvania

Mikhail Nemtsev, assistant director, Jacques Rossi Memorial Fund for Gulag Research, Georgetown University