There will be 30 speakers representing six countries featured at PutinCon including Garry Kasparov, Arkady Babchenko, Preet Bharara, William Browder, Dr. James Fallon, Masha Gessen, Luke Harding, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Amy Knight, and Valentyn Nalyvaichenko.
Putin’s Rise to Power
How did Putin take a democratic country (recently out of transition) and turn it into a dictatorship with a cult of personality? This session will cover how Russia went from being a “friend” of the free world and gradually turned into a “designated enemy.” This session will cover the consolidation of power and how Russia lost its way including an overview of the Apartment Bombings, the Chechen War, the destruction of independent media, and the destruction of independent business. Finally, what was the world doing while this occurred?
Putin’s Background and his Thinking
Top biographers of Putin will give presentations on what matters the most about Putin’s past. Where was he born? Who is he? What is the history of his early days? What was his childhood like? How did Putin end up as a member of the KGB and then deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg? What is Putin most afraid of? And what do democratic leaders and foreign policy experts need to know in order to properly understand Putin’s thinking? A renown neuroscientist with an expertise in psychopathy and narcissism will discuss how dictators think.
Putin’s Reach and Vision
What will the future look like if Putin had his way? What is his foreign policy? What is Putin’s influence inside the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world? This session will illuminate issues such as interference in foreign elections, hacking, and the chaos caused by Putin’s propaganda across the world. We will reveal Putin’s contamination of global politics and draw a parallel between the rise of Putin and the decline of freedom across the world.
The End of Putin’s Tyranny
A panel discussion on stage: What are the likely scenarios for the end of the regime? If Putin ceases to look strong will his cronies betray him? What will accelerate the end of the regime? Will strong deterrence and sanctions bring about Putin’s demise? Will Putin’s regime end when he dies of old age? Will he groom a successor? What is possible and what is likely? This session will conclude the event and will take place in the main area.
The Killings of Vladimir Putin
Alexander Litvinenko, Boris Nemtsov, and Anna Politskovskaya are just three of the high-profile individuals who have been murdered. Furthermore, the Nord-Ost theater “rescue,” the Beslan school siege “rescue,” and the downing of MH17 were all ordered by Vladimir Putin. This session will explore political assassination and the taking of human life as key components of Putin’s arsenal and necessary to understanding his character.
The Richest Man in History and his Accomplices
A detailed session discussing and proving the extent of kleptocracy in Russia with a focus on Putin himself and the naming and shaming of his accomplices. What does he own? How did he acquire it? Who are Putin’s bagmen and cronies, his foreign accomplices, his local enablers? What should international law enforcement do in light of this information?
Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria: Putin has contaminated multiple scenarios across the world and paid little to no consequences. This section will overview objectives and consequences of Putin’s warmongering.