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Masha Gessen: On Russia & Ukraine


Thursday 25 August from 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Adult: $30*Concession: $10*

"When Gessen speaks about autocracy, you listen."


Masha Gessen | Peter Hartcher

The world has watched in horror as Putin launched a violent invasion on Ukraine. So far, the war has led to the death of thousands with millions of Ukrainians fleeing their homeland in search of refuge. While for many of us, this war feels like another crisis in a series of unprecedented events, for Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen it was inevitable.  

The best-selling biographer of Vladimir Putin has spent years examining the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia under Putin’s leadership. Now a staff writer for The New Yorker, Gessen remains an outspoken critic of Putin’s authoritarian regime and writes fearlessly about the future of Russia and this unfolding tragedy.  

Join Masha Gessen in conversation with journalist Peter Hartcher for an evening of insights into this critical moment on the world stage.  

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Sydney Writer's Festival, and supported by Auckland Writers Festival and Byron Writers Festival. To explore the full UNSW x Social Sciences Week program head here.



Standard – $30 + booking fees 

UNSW Sydney Student – $10* + booking fees

*UNSW Sydney student tickets are available only to currently enrolled students. Valid UNSW identification (zID) must be produced at the event.

Booking Fees 

Booking fee per transaction: Online $5.95 | Phone/Email: $6.95.  

Bookings made over the counter at the City Recital Hall Box Office do not attract a transaction fee.

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