Putin Debate

  • Event Start: 30th April 2020, 5:00pm
  • Event Type:
Podcast Debate:

Russia:  Do We Live in Putin’s World?

As President Putin seeks to extend his power within Russia, so Russian influence is increasing around the world.  With allegations of international electoral interference and aggressive military action in Eastern Europe, is a new confrontation on the cards, or is accommodation the only way forward?


  • Fiona Hill : Deputy Assistant to the US President, and Senior Director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019.  She was a witness in President Trump’s impeachment hearings
  • Arkady Ostrovsky : Russia and Eastern Europe editor for The Economist.  In 2016, he received the Orwell Prize for his book, The Invention of Russia: The Journey from Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War
  • Alexey Minyaylo : Russian social entrepreneur and political activist.  In 2019, he was imprisoned following his work for an opposition party in the Moscow Duma election
  • Sir Laurie Bristow : Former British Ambassador to Russia, serving from 2016 to 2020.  He previously served as Ambassador to Azerbaijan


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Our weekly debates have always been at the very heart of the Oxford Union and it has been our mission to take our members to the very frontlines of the great arguments of the day.  This term will be no different as we strive to honour our commitment to public debate by showcasing a great and important diversity of opinions through the medium of podcast.
These debates will be structured like panel discussions and will be broadcast as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts.