Putin's Russia: The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep
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Osher (50+). This course looks at Putin's regime and what is currently happening inside Russia.
About this course:
The subtitle of this course is a Russian proverb that describes the prevailing head-in-the-sand attitude and survival mode that many Russians currently hold. But the goal of this course is to understand what makes Russia, its political figures, and its people tick. We discuss political, economic, demographic, social, and cultural developments inside Russia; its role in the international arena; and Russia-U.S. relations. Topics include the workings of Putin’s regime and what holds him in power for longer than any leader since Stalin, as well as individual attitudes and demographic processes that shape Russian society. Because of rapidly changing events, this course is news-oriented and aims to cover the latest developments.