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BIPR | Re-electing the Czar: Russia and the Promise of a Putinist Renewal, 2024-the Blue Beyond
Re-electing the Czar: Russia and the Promise of a Putinist Renewal, 2024-the Blue Beyond

January 29, 2024 - 18:30

Alexander Baunov - Alexander Gabuev - Alexandra Prokopenko - Ekaterina Schulmann  - Sergey Radchenko

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Re-electing the Czar: Russia and the Promise of a Putinist Renewal, 2024-the Blue Beyond

hosted by Professor Sergey Radchenko

Alexander Baunov
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; European Univarsity Institute
Alexander Gabuev
Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center
Alexandra Prokopenko
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Ekaterina Schulmann
Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center in Berlin
Sergey Radchenko
Moderator: Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe

Alexander Baunov is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Carnegie and, before February 2022, was editor-in-chief of the websites belonging to Carnegie's Moscow Centre, which were shut down by the Russian authorities after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Before joining Carnegie, Baunov spent five years working as a senior editor at the independent news website, where he worked since its launch. Baunov has written on a wide variety of international and domestic topics, including modern Russian ideology, Russian foreign policy, Russia's place in the modern world, Ukraine, the European economic crisis, the Arab Spring, and the 2011–2012 Moscow protests. Before joining, Baunov was a reporter for Russian Newsweek, where he later headed the magazine's team of international reporters. He has reported from a variety of places, including the polar areas of Norway, South Africa, Japan, and Chile. Baunov turned to reporting after five years of service at the Russian Foreign Ministry, during which time he spent a number of years in Athens, this posting being in part due to his Master's degree in Ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Literature from Moscow State University in 1995. In 2013, he was on the short list for the PolitProsvet journalism award and headed the award's selection committee the following year. Baunov is the author of WikiLeaks: Backdoor Diplomacy (Moscow, 2011) and Mif Tesen (Moscow, 2015). His best selling book The end of the Regime dedicated to the democratic transition in Spain, Portugal and Greece, was finished and published during his stay at the European University Institute.

Alexander Gabuev is Director of the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center where he leads a renowned team of analysts who were formerly part of the Carnegie Moscow Center, which was forced to close by the Kremlin in early 2022 after nearly three decades of operation. Gabuev's own research is focused on Russian foreign policy with particular focus on the impact of the war in Ukraine and the Sino-Russia relationship. Since joining Carnegie in 2015, Gabuev has contributed commentary and analysis to a wide range of publications, including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. Gabuev began his career as a journalist. He was a member of the editorial board of Kommersant and served as deputy editor in chief of Kommersant-Vlast, which at the time was one of Russia's most influential newsweeklies. Gabuev started his career at Kommersant in 2007 working as a senior diplomatic reporter, as a member of the Kremlin press corps, and as deputy foreign editor for Kommersant. Gabuev has previously worked as a non-resident visiting research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and taught courses on Chinese energy policy and political culture at Moscow State University. From April-June 2018, Gabuev was a visiting scholar at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) where he taught courses on Sino-Russian relations. Gabuev is a Munich Young Leader of the Munich Security Conference and a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (Russia).

Alexandra Prokopenko is a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center. She is a visiting fellow at the Center for Order and Governance in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). In her research, Prokopenko focuses on Russian government policymaking on economic and financial issues. From 2017 until early 2022 she worked at the Central Bank of Russia and at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. She is a former columnist for Vedomosti. Prokopenko is a graduate of Moscow State University and holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Manchester.

Ekaterina Schulmann is a Nonresident Scholar at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center in Berlin and an Associate Professor at KAZGUU University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Dr. Schulmann specializes in the decision-making and bureaucratic behavior of modern authoritarian regimes, with a particular emphasis on Russia. Schulmann is the author of the books Legislation as a Political Process (2013), Practical Political Science: A Guide to Contact with Reality (2018), and The Return of the State: Political History of the 2000s (2023). She has contributed chapters to the books The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia (edited by Daniel Treisman, 2018) and Myths and Misconceptions in the Debate on Russia (Chatham House report, 2019). Since 2017, she has hosted a weekly program, Status, on Echo Moscow radio, dedicated to popularizing political science terminology and concepts. Schulmann is active on Telegram and YouTube, followed by 1.17 million subscribers.
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