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.

April 26, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster that became one of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. Following the explosion of the reactor and the consequent fire, large quantities of radioactive particles were released into the atmosphere. 31 people died in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, about 600,000 liquidators were later exposed to high radiation doses, over eight million residents of nearby areas of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were also largely effected by radiation, 400,000 people were displaced. Today, the so-called Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement is being constructed to cover the old structure that has been standing for almost 30 years. It is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2017. The Chernobyl power station will be fully dismantled only by 2065.

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