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 (www.nemtsov.ru/boris/?en),
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
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