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Russian expert to speak at Indiana State about Putin's leadership

March 24, 2015

Journalist and author David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent for Radio Liberty and longtime observer of Russia and the Soviet Union, will speak at Indiana State University April 1 about Russia under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin.

Satter will deliver a public lecture entitled "Putin's Russia: The Road to Dictatorship and War" at 4:30 p.m. in Stalker Hall, Room 102.

Satter is the author of three books and numerous articles on Russian politics - both historical and contemporary. He has also directed a documentary based on his 2001 book, "The Age of Delirium." As a result of his insightful and critical commentary, he was expelled from Russia in 2013 and banned for five years, becoming the first American reporter since the Cold War to be kicked out of Russia.

Given his background, Satter is particularly well-suited to speak about the dramatic recent directions of Russian politics with respect to both internal developments, including political assassination, and a foreign policy that challenges the West in ways reminiscent of the Cold War, said Richard Lotspeich, professor of economics at Indiana State.

Satter is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His lecture at Indiana State has been made possible through the support of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University and Indiana State's International Studies Program and the Center for Global Engagement.

Photo: - David Satter

Contact: Barbara Skinner, associate professor of history, Indiana State University, 812-237-2722 or