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Can anyone truly understand Russia? At the crossroads of Europe and Asia – a country with no natural borders, no single ethnos, no true central identity – it is everyone’s ‘other’. And yet it is one of the most powerful nations on earth, a master game-player on the global stage. Mark Galeotti (A Short History of Russia) and Carnegie Moscow Center Director Dmitri Trenin (Russia), who joins us via live link from Moscow, take us back to the heart of the Russian story: from the formation of a nation to revolution, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Putin’s post-Communist era. In conversation with Judith Pallot, professor of the human geography of Russia at the University of Oxford, they journey deep into the Russian psyche and explore the country’s ambition today, using the fascinating history of a nation to illuminate its future.