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~Russian Liberal Leader Will Talk About Putin at Wellesley College March 13~

For immediate release:
Mar. 5, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. --Boris Nemtsov, member of Russia's State Duma and leader of its liberal party, will speak on "Putin: Is He Good for Democracy?" Thursday, March 13, at 8:00 p.m. in Pendleton Atrium at Wellesley College.

"Boris Nemtsov is the chairman of the Party of the Right Forces, one of the two main democratic parties in Russia, and a member of the Duma, the parliament," said Marshall Goldman, Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Russian Economics (Emeritus). "Prior to that he was the governor of the Nizhni Novgorod region. He became a critic of the Yelstin government and the fighting in Chechnia. In order to co-opt him, Yeltsin invited him to become first deputy prime minister in charge of the economy, and he served in that capacity until August 1998.

"He is one the country's most outspoken supporters of the market and democracy and has openly challenged President Putin's policies in Chechnia and his attempts to restrict the freedom of the press and other democratic institutions."

On his web site (, Nemtsov writes of hopes for a better future for his country: "I would like to believe that Russia will some day have good roads. And by 'roads' one can imply everything: means of travel, opportunities for communication and so on up the 'roads of thought.' This idea could become very close and comprehensible to Russia as a national idea. And I believe this will eventually happen. Whether we encourage it or not."

His lecture is sponsored by the Davis Fund for Russian Area Studies and the Goldman Lecture Fund of the Economics Department.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125 years. The College's 500 -acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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