Potemkin Parliamentarism and the Project to Redesign the Russian State Duma

Michal Murawski, Lecturer in Critical Area Studies, and Ben Noble, Lecturer in Russian Politics, both from UCL SSEES, describe the story of how an ambitious parliamentary speaker, inspired by a blog post shared on Facebook, attempted to redesign the State Duma building to make it appear more democratic. Continue reading Potemkin Parliamentarism and the Project to Redesign the Russian State Duma

‘We Can’t Be Afraid Anymore’ – Artists Behind the Frontline in Belarus

In her interviews with three Belarusian artists on their work portraying the recent political protests in Belarus, Pippa Crawford, Final Year Russian Studies Student at UCL SSEES, highlights the fundamental role art has played in the protests. Continue reading ‘We Can’t Be Afraid Anymore’ – Artists Behind the Frontline in Belarus