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Yuri Luzhkov was Mayor of Moscow for 18 years during the Presidencies of Yeltsin and Putin. He was among the most popular and powerful politicians in Russia, often touted as a possible contender for the Presidency. Luzhkov was responsible for the radical transformation of Moscow after 1991, even being credited as the inventor of the so-called ‘Luzhkov Style’ of bombastic architecture. Controversially, many historic buildings were demolished during his tenure as Mayor of Moscow. He was dismissed as Mayor during the Presidency of Dmitry Medvedev and has not engaged in open political activity for several years, although he received a high state decoration from President Putin in September 2016. During this lecture, Mayor Luzhkov will talk frankly about his vision of Moscow’s past, present and future.
The lecture series is organized and chaired by Michał Murawski, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London; and Clementine Cecil, Director of Pushkin House. Supported by the Department of Russian, Queen Mary; Pushkin House; and the Leverhulme Trust.
This lecture will be in Russian, with english translation. A Q+A session will follow the lecture.