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Russia: expansionist empire or misunderstood giant?
In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges Natalia Narochnitskaya, a Russian historian and former member of the Duma, or Russian parliament, representing the ultra-nationalist party Rodina (Motherland). Narochnitskaya was a member of the Russian delegation to the UN and currently heads the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, a conservative, pro-Russian organisation.
We discuss with her Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and the consequences of this action for its relationship with Western powers and NATO. We also discuss with her President Vladimir Putin’s rule and examine the country’s values and its democratic credentials.
- Is Crimea the beginning of an expansionist drive to reclaim the old Soviet Union borders?
- Is Russia maligned and misunderstood in the West?
- Is Vladimir Putin a dictator?
- And is he fighting ISIL or protecting the Syrian regime?
Recording starts at 7.30pm but please arrive by 7.00pm to be seated.
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Al Jazeera: Head to Head
Head to Head is Al Jazeera’s forum for ideas, hosted by Mehdi Hasan.
The show tackles the big issues of our time, like faith, democracy and freedom of speech and includes a Q&A with the audience at the Oxford Union.