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Book Talk: The Dissidents

In a talk commemorating the launch of his new book The Dissidents, Peter Reddaway described the human costs of the repression that marked the Soviet state.

Date & Time

Feb. 12, 2020
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Book Talk: The Dissidents

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From the mid-1960s on, Peter Reddaway published numerous articles and books about Soviet dissent. In 1969 he co-founded the Alexander Herzen Foundation with historian Jan Willem Bezemer and Karel van het Reve, in order to publish the work of Soviet dissidents for a Western audience. Reddaway got to know many dissidents and their work from a distance, publicizing their writings in the West and helping some of them settle abroad. In a talk commemorating the launch of his new book The Dissidents, Reddaway described the human costs of the repression that marked the Soviet state. He placed the work and struggles of these dissidents within the context of the secretive politics inside the Kremlin, where a tiny elite competed for power — even as the Soviet system was crumbling around them.

This book was available for purchase at the event.

Speaker

Peter Reddaway

Fellowship,
Former Kennan Institute Director and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

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