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October 5: Russian Political Opposition in Exile

October 5: Russian Political Opposition in Exile

American Purpose

Many hundreds of thousands of Russians have fled their ever-more authoritarian country since the start of Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, joining a global exile community that had already been growing for years. They include leaders of the political opposition, civil society and media who have long opposed the Kremlin, are natural allies against Russia’s war in Ukraine, and a key hope for reestablishing any future free and open Russian society.

On October 5, 2023, American Purpose, the Institute of Current World Affairs, and the U.S. Institute of Peace joined together for the second in a series of hybrid panel discussions about the political opposition in exile. Which are the main groups and how are they trying to oppose Putin’s Kremlin from outside the country? Who are their main constituencies inside Russia?


  • Vladimir Milov, opposition leader
  • Ekaterina Schulmann, political scientist
  • Sergei Aleksashenko, former Russian deputy finance minister
  • Gregory Feifer, moderator, executive director of the Institute of Current World Affairs

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