UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Alexei Navalny and the future of Russia’s political opposition

20 September 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Oppositionist Alexei Navalny on a march in memory of politician Boris Nemtsov, who was killed in Russia

This event is the first academic book launch for Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future?, co-authored by Jan Matti Dollbaum, Morvan Lallouet, and Ben Noble, and published by Hurst and Oxford University Press.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to








The authors will discuss the book with Professor Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, including insights on the 17–19 September elections to the State Duma and what the future looks like for the opposition in Russia.


Professor Gulnaz Sharafutdinova (King’s College London) – chair

Dr Jan Matti Dollbaum (University of Bremen)

Morvan Lallouet (University of Kent)

Dr Ben Noble (UCL SSEES)

Information on the book

Who is Alexei Navalny? Poisoned in August 2020 and transported to Germany for treatment, the politician returned to Russia in January 2021 in the full glare of the world media. His immediate detention at passport control set the stage for an explosive showdown with Vladimir Putin.

But Navalny means very different things to different people. To some, he is a democratic hero. To others, he is betraying the Motherland. To others still, he is a dangerous nationalist. This book explores the many dimensions of Navalny’s political life, from his pioneering anti-corruption investigations to his ideas and leadership of a political movement. It also looks at how his activities and the Kremlin’s strategies have shaped one another.

Navalny makes sense of this divisive character, revealing the contradictions of a man who is the second most important political figure in Russia—even when behind bars. In order to understand modern Russia, you need to understand Alexei Navalny.

Disclaimer: We have a limited number of in-person tickets.The event will take place on UCL campus​​​​​​, exact location TBC. Please wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. Should circumstances change, this event will be delivered fully online. Ticket holders will be notified in advance.


Use discount code NAVALNY25 for 25% off when ordering the book directly from Hurst

Use discount code ADISTA5 for 30% off when ordering the book directly from Oxford University Press


Image credit: This image was originally posted to Flickr by Michał Siergiejevicz at https://flickr.com/photos/141768113@N03/50143040498 It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.