Russian Politics and the Ukraine War


Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine on 24 February 2022 is a pivotal moment in modern history. The world’s largest country, encompassing one eighth of the Earth's inhabitable landmass; with the ninth largest population, the sixth largest economy measured by purchasing power parity, the largest known supplies of minerals and energy resources, and with over 4,000 long-range nuclear missiles, made a direct challenge to the global order that was established at the end of the Cold War. Putin's decision has changed the world, and it is still unclear what the consequences of Russia's invasion will be.

In this talk, Professor Chaisty will focus on the domestic drivers of the conflict. Presenting research on popular opinion in Russia conducted at the University of Oxford since the early 1990s, he will explain why the war in Ukraine is likely remain an issue in global politics for many years to come and will consider its consequences for Russian political development.

This lecture is part of the 'The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Lecture Series', taking place on Fridays from 2 February to 8 March 2024. You may either register for individual lectures or you may choose to register for the entire lecture series at a reduced price.

Please note that this lecture was originally scheduled for 1 March 2024.

Enrolments will close at 23:59 UTC (GMT) on 5 March 2024.

Programme details

Friday 8 March, 2pm–3.15pm UTC (GMT)

For those attending in person at Rewley House, registration takes place from 1.45pm. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, followed by questions. Tea and coffee are provided in the Common Room after each lecture, from 3.15pm.

For those joining us online, please join in good time before each lecture to ensure that you have no connection problems. We recommend joining 10-15 minutes before the start time.


Description Costs
Course Fee - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £30.00
Course Fee - virtual attendance £25.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Prof Paul Chaisty

Paul Chaisty is Professor of Russian and East European Politics at the University of Oxford and Head of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. His research interests cover legislative, party and interest group politics in post-communist Russia; political attitudes in Russia; nationalism in Russia and Ukraine; and comparative presidentialism. His publications include Legislative Politics and Economic Power in Russia (Palgrave, 2006); (with Nic Cheeseman and Tim Power) Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective: Minority Executives in Multiparty Systems (Oxford University Press, 2018), and forthcoming (with Stephen Whitefield) Consolidation and Contestation: How Russians Understand the New Russia.


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IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this course. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.