Speaking with: journalist Masha Gessen on Putin's Russia

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014, 08:47 PM | Source: The Conversation

By Judith Armstrong

Speaking with: journalist Masha Gessen on Putin's Russia

'I wouldn't call it a miracle, I'd call it an accident' – Gessen on Putin's formative experience with the KGB. Christchurch City Libraries
Judith Armstrong, University of Melbourne

Russian-American writer and LGBT activist, Masha Gessen has covered every major development in Russian politics and culture of the past two decades. She is the author of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (2014), as well as six other books, including the international bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (2012).

Here, Judith Armstrong talks to Gessen about protest and politics in Putin's Russia.

See also:

Why we underestimate Putin, according to Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is appearing at the Melbourne Writers' Festival tonight and tomorrow and is also a guest of the Sydney Opera House Festival of Dangerous Ideas over the weekend.

Read more coverage of the Melbourne Writers' Festival.

Listen to other podcast episodes here.The Conversation

Judith Armstrong, Honorary Associate Professor in Arts and Languages & Linguistics, University of Melbourne

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