You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of
Suki w Zakone: A Criminal Key to Putin’s Russia
Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
Professor of History, The Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies, IWP
in honor of the late IWP Professor
Robert W. Stephan
Thursday, December 6, 2018
This lecture will be preceded by a
Russian Music Performance
by Charles Winkler
at 3:30 PM
The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
This event is sponsored by the Center for Intermarium Studies and the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP.
About the lecture
Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz will discuss how the criminal underworld was coopted by the Bolshevik revolution, how it was tamed and broken by the Soviet state, how it coexisted with it and infiltrated it; how it became transformed in the post-Soviet realm; and how it became second nature of Putin’s system in Russia. Dr. Chodakiewicz will stress historical continuities of Russia’s criminal underworld which have now infiltrated into the mainstream of its national life.
About the speaker
Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz holds the The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, where he also serves as a Professor of History and teaches courses on Geography and Strategy, Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy, Russian Politics and Foreign Policy, and Mass Murder Prevention. He is the author of Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas and numerous other books and articles. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has previously taught at the University of Virginia and Loyola Marymount University.
This lecture will be preceded at 3:30 PM by a performance of Russian music on the prima/malaya domra by Charles Winkler. Mr. Winkler is a longtime friend and colleague of Prof. Robert Stephan, in whose honor this event is being held.
Charles Winkler was a Department of Defense analyst for more than 30 years, specializing in Soviet, Russian, East European, and Middle Eastern matters, and threat analysis, in particular. He has worked for the Department of the Army, the Library of Congress, the State Department, and other agencies during his career, both in the United States and abroad. He has traveled, studied, and worked in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union, and is professionally fluent in Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, and Macedonian. In retirement he applies his national-security analyst’s perspective and research skills to matters of domestic and foreign affairs. He also plays classical violin with several orchestras, bluegrass and classical mandolin, and the Russian domra with the Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra. He has shown his art photographs in many one-man and group shows.
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