01 November 2023, 17:30 – 19:00

Understanding Putin’s Russia: A Trinity Hall and Centre for Geopolitics Event

St Basil's Cathedral
  • LocationLecture Theatre, Trinity Hall & Online
  • CostFree of charge
  • Booking closing dateWednesday, 01 November 2023 12:00pm
  • Event typePanel discussion

This event has been organised following the arrest of the prominent Russian opposition figure and Trinity Hall alumnus Vladimir Kara-Murza, which has reminded us once again of the nature of the Putin regime. Kara-Murza is merely the latest example of an escalating pattern of repression in Russia as the war in Ukraine continues, and the government seeks to ensure total conformity at home. In this context, Trinity Hall and the Centre for Geopolitics invite you to a panel discussion with experts and policy-makers to explain how this situation has come about and explore what might lie ahead for Russia and beyond.

The event will also be live-streamed. Prior booking is essential to secure your space.


5.30pm: Drinks reception (all attendees are welcome to join)

5.45pm: Panel Discussion begins

7pm: Event ends

If you are joining us online, you will receive an email by 4pm on Wednesday 1 November with a link and joining instructions.

Sir Laurie Bristow

Sir Laurie Bristow

Sir Laurie Bristow, appointed President of Hughes Hall, Cambridge in 2022, was a British diplomat for 32 years. He was Ambassador to Afghanistan during the fall of the Republic to the Taliban in 2021, the UK’s Ambassador to Russia from 2016 to 2020, and Deputy Ambassador to Russia from 2007 to 2010. He was Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2004 to 2007. Sir Laurie regularly writes and comments on Russia and national and international security issues. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, a Senior Associate Fellow of the European Leadership Network, and Visiting Professor at LSE Ideas.

Jamie Coomarasamy

Jamie Coomarasamy

Jamie Coomarasamy (1986, Modern & Medieval Languages) currently presents The World Tonight on Radio 4, and Newshour on the BBC World Service. He has also presented on BBC World News. He was previously a BBC correspondent, with postings in Washington, Paris, Warsaw, and Moscow, and a reporter for Newsnight, and The Today programme.

Dr Rebecca Reich

Dr Rebecca Reich

Dr Rebecca Reich is Associate Professor of Russian Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of State of Madness: Psychiatry, Literature, and Dissent After Stalin (2018) and the Consultant Editor for Russia and East-Central Europe at the Times Literary Supplement.

Booking and cost

You can book to attend this event in person or to watch the discussion online.

Admission is free, however, spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. Tickets will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Once you have booked your seat(s) you will receive a booking confirmation which you will be asked to present on arrival. Please either print a copy or display using a hand-held electronic device. You will not be issued paper tickets.

If you are joining us online, you will receive an email by 4pm on Wednesday 1 November with a link and joining instructions. If you have not received the email by then, please check your spam box.


Please let us know as soon as possible if you find you are no longer unable to attend, as we have limited capacity for this event. Please email the office or call +44 (0)1223 332555 at the earliest opportunity.


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The Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ.

Please visit the Porters’ Lodge on arrival where they will direct you to the venue.


If you have any queries, please contact Rebecca Horner on developmentevents@trinhall.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 332555.

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