Professor Paul Josephson will present “Putin, Putinism and Russian-American Relations” at noon Wednesday, Sept. 23, at REM Center, 93 Main St., in Waterville.

According to a news release from Bonnie Sammons, Mid Maine Global Forum, Russia annexed Crimea and began a proxy war in eastern Ukraine a few months later. Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has cracked down on democratic institutions, rapidly increased military spending, and engaged in an old-style propaganda war with the west. While the Russian economy is cratering, Putin’s popularity remains high among citizens. In this talk, Josephson will analyze Putin’s policies and programs, especially as they have an impact on relations with the United States.

Josephson, a specialist on the former Soviet Union, teaches history and history of science and technology at Colby College. Fluent in Russian, he travels to Russia and Ukraine several times a year for research and lectures.

To register, email [email protected] or call 716-1022.

Lunch catered by Jorgensen’s is $10; pay at the door. People are asked to register no later than Monday, Sept. 21. Those who plan to attend are asked to indicate lunch choice: ham and Swiss, roast chicken salad, or hummus/veggie wrap. Lunch includes choice of sandwich, soup, cookie, coffee or tea. Registrants who request lunch are responsible for lunch fees. If plans change and unable to attend, notify organizers so lunch orders can be adjusted.

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