Freedom of Speech and Dissent in Russia: Why Citizens are Silenced with Dr. Nina Wieda

Freedom of Speech and Dissent in Russia: Why Citizens are Silenced with Dr. Nina Wieda


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As Russia's war on Ukraine continues, people worldwide wonder why Russian citizens allow senseless violence to go on. This seminar explains how Putin's government suppresses and manipulates public opinion in Russia by employing a combination of repressive and mind-control methods. Our conversation will feature several of today's bravest Russian dissidents, who risk it all to tell the truth.

Drawing on the most recent examples from the Ukrainian conflict, we will look at examples of the most creative ways Russian citizens have tried to get around censorship and express their opinions. Finally, we'll place today's repressive methods in the historical context, comparing them with the "openness" (glastnost') policy of the 1990s and the long tradition of censorship and ideological repression that came before then. 

Led by an expert on Russia, Nina Wieda, this conversation will illuminate today's informational war in Russia and its impact on Russia's citizens. Participants will come away with an increased understanding of how censorship and propaganda became so powerful and all-encompassing in Russia.

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus living in Chicago, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic from Northwestern University and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University. Nina also has experience in journalism, advertising, and consumer research – her writing has been published in three languages. She wrote her Master's thesis about the Northern Caucasus region. Dr. Wieda currently teaches at Northwestern University near Chicago.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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