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Russia after the Collapse of Communism: Prospects for Liberalization

4:00-5:30 Panel 1: The Communist Legacy What sorts of challenges, legacies, and burdens does Russia’s history place on its transition? Among the possible topics to be explored in this session are the transition from a command economy, the shift to representative government, the legacy of Soviet nationality policy, the opening of the public sphere, and citizens’ expectations of the post-Soviet state. “China’s lessons from Russia’s transition from Communism,” Ed Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison "The Legacies of Soviet Nationality Policies," Peter Blitstein, Lawrence University “The Soviet Intelligentsia and the Roots of Current Russian Politics,” Karl E. Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Date: Friday, March 30th, 2012

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Science Center 150

Contact: Elizabeth Brewer