On March 2, the Brooklyn Public Library will host a discussion of Reform or Revolution: The Quest for Responsible Government in the First Russian State Duma, a book by IMR Senior Policy Advisor Vladimir Kara-Murza.



Vladimir Kara-Murza’s book, Reform or Revolution, recounts the attempt by the Constitutional Democratic (Kadet) Party to form a government during the short existence of the first Russian Parliament from April to July of 1906. The Kadets, who won the election and formed a majority in the Duma, maintained that only far-reaching reforms could forestall a revolution. In its quest, the party found allies at the top levels of the Czarist regime (the book recalls a secret meeting between Kadet leader Pavel Milyukov and Imperial Palace commandant Dmitri Trepov at the Cubat restaurant in St. Petersburg), but the plan was disrupted by Interior Minister Pyotr Stolypin, who convinced Nicholas II to dissolve Parliament. The book is based on the original 1906 parliamentary record and newspaper reports, as well as memoirs of the participants of the events.

The discussion with the author will begin at 4pm on March 2 at the Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238). Please click here to register for the event. The discussion will be held in Russian.

Reform or Revolution was previously presented in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

On October 24, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov announced that Moscow prepared a “non-symmetrical response” to the potential toughening of the anti-Russian sanctions by the U.S. Last week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that president Barack Obama is considering various options, while British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson made a similar claim, underscoring that it’s important for the West to continue pressuring the Kremlin. The sanctions issue has been vigorously discussed both in Europe and the United States after the suspension of the U.S.-Russia ceasefire talks over Syria as Vladimir Putin continues bombing Aleppo to help Bashar Assad conquering the city currently controlled by the rebels.

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