Webinar: The Moscow Protests – A New Political Reality for Putin's Russia?

Sept. 17, 2019, 11:30am-12:00pm (registration required)

Join Chatham House for a webinar with Nikolai Petrov and John Lough on the 2019 Moscow protests and their implications for broader Russian politics. 

In summer 2019, the disqualification of opposition candidates ahead of an election to the Moscow City Duma spurred a series of protests which saw up to 50,000 citizens take to the streets. Although these particular elections are deemed largely insignificant, they have served as a springboard for broader societal anger leveled at Putin’s government, economic stagnation and rising social and political uncertainty in the country.
Against this backdrop, Chatham House experts will assess the growing disaffection with Putin’s rule and the seeming rejuvenation of civil society and the opposition in Russia. Will the protests in Moscow be sustained past the September 8th elections that inspired them? How is public dissatisfaction with Russian power manifesting itself outside of the capital? Are there signs of unrest brewing not only at the grassroots level but also among a political elite? And to what extent does this episode mark a new political reality for Putin as he approaches his constitutionally imposed term limit in 2024?

This event is online only. Members can watch webinars from a computer or other internet-ready device and do not need to come to Chatham House to attend. Registration is required for this event; only Chatham House members can attend. Information on membership can be found here.


Nikolai Petrov, senior research fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

Chair: John Lough, associate fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House