University of Oxford

Karen Dawisha Interview at Merton College, Oxford University

1. Intro – 0:00
2. Cambridge’s refusal to publish Putin’s Kleptocracy 0:20
3. From failing democracy to succeeding autocracy 5:12
4. Kremlin document leaked before Putin inaugurated revealing plans for autocracy and use of secret services to suppress the opposition 6:56
5. Why did the West insist on viewing Putin as the “accidental autocrat”? 9:20
6. The Russian Apartment Bombings vs. 9/11 “Truthers” 10:58
7. Undermining Democracy: from KGB to FSB 27:33
8. Putin’s enduring popularity despite rampant corruption 35:36
9. Prospects for regime change and the “irregular forces” 39:55
10. Putin’s impending succession crisis 43:22
11. The impact of sanctions — a declining return? 45:01
12. Kleptocracy, economics, and the fate of “Great Russia” 55:03
13. The foreign policy future 1:04:04

For more information about the controversy surrounding Putin’s Kleptocracy, please go to Edward Lucas’ Blog in The Economist:

Purchase Professor Dawisha’s book, Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?, on Amazon here:


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  • Уважаемая профессор Karen Dawisha!! Спасибо Вам за Ваши весьма опасные и выдающиеся исследования по пресечению проникновения гангстеров (членов организованной преступности)  в большую международную политику, где им не должно быть места никогда.
    05.03.2016 год

  • Putin should be taken out and shot for the apt bombings along with the FSB pigs who carried it out. Culture is rotten to the core. "The difficulty in understanding the Russian is that we do not take
    cognizance of the fact that he is not a European, but an Asiatic, and
    therefore thinks deviously. We can no more understand a Russian than a
    Chinaman or a Japanese, and from what I have seen of them, I have no
    particular desire to understand them, except to ascertain how much lead
    or iron it takes to kill them. In addition to his other Asiatic
    characteristics, the Russian have no regard for human life and is an all
    out son of bitch, barbarian, and chronic drunk.." -GEORGE S. PATTON

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