LOCATION:MERTON COLLEGE, MURE ROOM [Map]
On Sunday the 2nd of March, the day of the Presidential elections in Russia, RusSoc is hosting a high-profile event: a talk by Vladimir Bukovsky, who was running for Russian President earlier this year but was banned by the Central Election Commission in January 2008.
Vladimir Bukovsky is one of the most famous Soviet dissidents, having spent almost 10 years in prisons, camps and the notorious "psychiatric wards". Known as "The Hooligan" for his reckless disregard of the Soviet regime, he managed to smuggle to the West information about the USSR's abuse of psychiatrical wards for political purposes, becoming a cause of embarrassment and irritation for the Soviet authorities. In 1976, Bukovsky was finally exchanged for former Chilean Communist leader Luis Corvalán. He settled in the UK and graduated from Cambridge University, having studied neurophysiology. Mr. Bukovsky is an outspoken critic of both Putin's Russia and the EU. In 2008, he once again became the centre of media attention when he agreed to run for Russian President, having been nominated by a coalition of democratic forces.
In his exclusive lecture at the Russian Society, Vladimir Bukovsky will talk about his life, the 2008 election process, and the Russian government.
Don't miss this exciting event!