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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade neighboring Ukraine has proven a disaster for the latter. But the war is also taking its toll on Russia’s military, economy, and foreign relations. With Flemming Splidsboel we examine the effect of the war on the Russian society and Russian politics. What is the future of the relations between Russia and the rest of Europe? Is there a political opposition in Russia today?
We have invited the Russian-Ukrainian couple Jurij and Mariia to tell us more about how the war has changed the live for ordinary people. Jurij and Maria now live in exile in Beograd in Serbia, after having their visa applications rejected in Germany and Poland, and they will tell their personal story from the war.
Join the online debate with Flemming Splidsboel Hansen and Mariia and Jurij. The debate is moderated by Rasmus Nørlem Sørensen, chief analyst in DEO and editor of the antology “War in Europe – where does the EU stand one year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine?”.
Flemming Splidsboel Hansen is senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. His research concentrates on conditions in the post-Soviet space, including Russia and Ukraine. His thematic focus is on domestic developments, foreign policy and the use of military capacities.
Mariia and Jurij is a Ukrainian-Russian couple, where Mariia is from Ukraine and Jurij is from Russia. They met online in 2021 and during the war they moved to Beograd in Serbia where they now live together. Serbia was the only country that approved both of their visas. Jurij is currently finishing his master degree in Digital Humanities remotely from ITMO University in Sankt Petersborg and Mariia handmake crafts for sale.
The online briefing is part of a series of briefings focusing on the situation in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus – one year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The briefings are part of a larger debate project that has received funding from CISU and DFS.