Masha Gessen


Journalist, author; Carnegie Millennial Fellow

Guest, Russia in Global Dialogue
(July 2016)


Retrofitting Totalitarianism in Russia

The current Russian regime does not fit existing definitions of totalitarianism, limited as they are. Yet Russian society behaves in ways that reproduce the behaviors of a totalitarian society. The lived experience of a Russian is, increasingly, that of a citizen of a totalitarian state. Why and how is this happening is the subject of the book I am writing.

Previous stays at the IWM:
1999, Milena Jesenska Visiting Fellow