Vladimir Putin has ruled Russia for more years than Lenin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev, and almost as long as Stalin did. Unlike them, he has stayed in power without a Communist Party, a Soviet Union, or totalitarian terror, and through periods of boom and bust. This talk seeks to answer several questions about him. How has he stayed in power? Why is he so popular with Russians? Is he just a new version of the familiar Soviet dictator?
Arch Getty is Distinguished Research Professor of History at UCLA, where he was The 119th UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer in 2016. He specializes in modern world history and the history of communism. His 7 books and over 50 articles have been published in the US, England, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Japan, Turkey and Russia. Getty has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Senior Research Fellow at Columbia, Harvard, and the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Sorbonne and the École des Hautes Etudes in Paris, and was Visiting Professor at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
In 1992, Getty was the first western scholar to use secret KGB archives to publish exact data on the number of Stalin's victims. He has travelled to Russia more than 30 times since the Brezhnev era. On one of those trips, he shared an elevator with Gorbachev who, it turns out, has a great sense of humor. Arch loves his kids, grandkids, coffee, beagles, Russia, and history.
He is prepared and eager to answer questions on any of these subjects.