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Understanding the True Nature of Putin's Regime and How to Deal with It
For 17 years, the U.S. has treated Vladimir Putin as a legitimate ruler. But is he really? In 1999, four apartment buildings in the Russian cities of Moscow, Buinaksk and Volgodonsk were blown up in the middle of the night killing 300 innocent civilians. The attacks were used to justify a new war in Chechnya and the previously unknown Putin, who was put in charge of that war, achieved overnight popularity. It was this that allowed him to win the election in 2000.
David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent and long time observer of Russia, will describe the circumstances of Putin’s rise to power and the evidence that it was the result of a terrorist attack carried out not by Chechen rebels, who always denied their involvement, but by Russia’s own leaders. He will put the apartment bombings in the context of the other terrorist attacks of which there is evidence of official involvement, the 2002 Moscow theater siege and the 2004 Beslan school massacre and discuss why viewing Russia realistically is the only basis for effective U.S. policy.
The session will include an extenisve Q&A Session. Introductory remarks and Q&A moderated by Maria Snegovaya.