With Anderson Tepper and Ludmila Ulitskaya

Recipient of the 2002 Russian Booker Prize, Ludmila Ulitskaya is considered the heir to Chekhov and among the most important writers in Russia today. In 2008, Ulitskaya began secretly corresponding with Amnesty International “prisoner of conscience” Mikhail Khordorkovsky, the anti-Putin Russian oligarch serving 14 years in a Siberian camp. The author will read excerpts from that correspondence and discuss the current political, cultural, and social situation in Russia, with special attention to the ongoing anti-Putin protests and the recent presidential election.