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The Russian Public and the War in Ukraine: Support, Unease, and Outrage
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Location Note

1219 International Affairs Building
420 W 118th Street, 12th floor

This event is in-person for CUID card holders only. In-person attendees must be in compliance with Columbia University’s health protocols for returning to campus. Pre-registration, valid CUID card, and valid green pass are required for admittance. All other attendees may participate virtually on Zoom.


Please join the Harriman Institute and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism for an event with Maria Lipman, expert on Russian media and Senior Associate at PONARS Eurasia, in conversation with Timothy Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy.

Polls taken in Russia since the beginning of the bloody assault on Ukraine invariably show broad support for the “special military operation,” whether the pollsters are independent sociologists or belong to state-affiliated polling firms. How genuine is this support, and how enduring? As the Kremlin wages a vast propaganda campaign, tightens censorship and introduces penalties for independent reporting, what are the factors that influence Russian public opinion? Meanwhile, as many of the war’s most vocal opponents flee Russia, what will their departure mean to Russian civil society and the country’s future?


Maria Lipman is Senior Associate at PONARS Eurasia at George Washington University, and was based in Moscow until March 2022. Lipman has produced several projects for PONARS, such as the English-language Point & Counterpoint blog, and most recently, the PONARS Eurasia Podcast. Her fields of interest include state-society relations, media, politics of history and ideas. She writes capsule reviews of books about Russia and Eastern Europe for Foreign Affairs. From 1995–2019 Lipman was the Editor or Deputy Editor of various Russian-language publications; from 2003–2014 she was also an associate at the Moscow Carnegie Center (the Russian branch of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace). In 2017–2021 Lipman taught courses on today’s Russia at Indiana University and Grinnell College, Iowa. From 2001–2011 Lipman wrote an op-ed column on Russia for the Washington Post. From 2012–2017 she wrote a blog for The New Yorker. Lipman is the editor of Russian Voices on Post-Crimea Russia (ibidem Press, 2021). Some recent articles include “Putin’s Reset” (July 2020); “The Dzerzhinsky Discord: Who Will Fill the Vacancy in Lubyanka Square?” (March 2021); and “Dissent, Its Persecutors, and the New Russia” (December 2021).