Historical Heritage of the Russian Revolution and Modernity. Expert Discussion


On January 18, 2018, the Valdai Discussion Club held an expert discussion, titled “The historical heritage of the Russian revolution and modernity.”

Watch the live broadcast on our website at 11:00 Moscow time.

The Russian revolution of 1917 and the developments that followed – the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, the civil war in Russia, the building of socialism and the power struggle in the first years of the Soviet Union – are of particular historical significance.

These events radically changed the direction of Russia's development, transforming the country’s political and socio-economic systems. They also laid the foundation for the post-WWII confrontation between the West and the East.

What lessons can be learned from the century-old events? What is the historical importance and today’s political symbolism of the key leaders of the Russian revolution? These and other issues will be addressed by the discussion participants.


  • Daniel Orlovsky, Professor of History and George A. Bouhe Research Fellow in Russian Studies at Southern Methodist University;

  • Robert Service, Honored Professor of St. Anthony's College, Oxford University; Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.


  • Oleg Barabanov, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club.