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As the person running one of a relatively small number of global mega-cities, the Mayor of Moscow makes the political weather not only for nearly 12 million residents but also far beyond the limits of the city itself. What can we understand from the election campaign, the results and the immediate aftermath about the prospects for the city over the next few years, about prospects for relations with the Kremlin, with the rest of the country, and for the day-to-day experience and quality of life of Muscovites?

The evening will be chaired by Neil Buckley, Eastern Europe Editor of the Financial Times, and former Moscow FT bureau chief.

On the panel:

Victor Balagadde, editor of Коммерсантъ UK

Sir Tony Brenton, Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge and formerly British Ambassador to Moscow

Dr Sam Greene, Director of the Russia Institute at Kings College London and previously Director of the Centre for the Study of New Media and Society at the Россииская Экономическая Школа (New Economic School) in Moscow

Dmitry Linnik, London Bureau Chief of Голос России.


Neil Buckley is Eastern Europe Editor of the Financial Times, responsible for overseeing the newspaper’s coverage of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including writing editorial comments. An FT journalist for more than two decades, he was Moscow Bureau Chief in 2005-2008, has been a correspondent in Brussels and New York, and has twice been a columnist on the FT’s influential Lex Column. He is a former Business Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards.

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Dmitry Linnik is Head of the London bureau of the Voice of Russia, Russia’s international broadcaster. Has been in radio for 40 years, splitting this time about equally between the Voice of Russia broadcasting in English, and the Russian service of the BBC broadcasting in Russian.

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