Be it the annexation of Crimea, military action in Syria or meddling in foreign elections, Russia is increasingly emboldened on the world stage despite harsh sanctions and international censure. But what lies ahead for the nation and its economy and citizens after some two decades of Vladimir Putin’s ironclad rule? Award–winning Putin biographer and The Future is History author Masha Gessen joins Moscow-based correspondent for The Telegraph, Alec Luhn, and former Russia correspondent, Monica Attard, to examine the future of Russia. Masha Gessen is supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM.

Masha Gessen (International)

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Masha Gessen is the author of nine books, most recently The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which was awarded the National Book Award in the United States in 2017. Masha's other books include the international bestseller The Man Without a Face: the Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Masha was born in Russia, emigrated to the United States as a teenager, returned to Moscow as a correspondent, and emigrated to the United States again in 2013, after the Kremlin launched its anti-gay campaign. Masha now lives in New York City, works as a staff writer at The New Yorker, and teaches at Amherst College.

Alec Luhn (International)

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Alec Luhn is the Russia correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and has previously written for Time, Politico, The New York Times and The Guardian, among others. He covered the Russian protest movement, the Sochi Olympics, the annexation of Crimea and the revolution and war in Ukraine. He is working on a book related to the Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Monica Attard (Australian)

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Monica Attard is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and a former broadcaster at the ABC where she hosted Media Watch, PM and Sunday Profile. She is one of Australia's most respected news and current affairs journalists.