The New Russian Diaspora: The New Emigres’ Impact on Putin’s Rule

The New Russian Diaspora: The New Emigres’ Impact on Putin’s Rule

Virtual Briefing Series

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET


The Russian invasion of Ukraine led not only to the mass migration of Ukrainians escaping the conflict, but also to a large emigration of Russian citizens. It is estimated that over half a million have temporarily resettled, mostly in the former Soviet space of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and the Baltic States. Who are these emigres and how do they hope to influence civil society in Russia? How have they adapted to and impacted their host countries? And what are their plans for a post-Putin Russia?

Please join us for our discussion about this new Russian diaspora with Irina Borogan, Investigative Journalist and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, Olga Irisova, Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Riddle, and Izabella Tabarovsky of the Wilson Center, from 12 PM to 1 PM ET on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

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Irina Borogan

Irina Borogan is a Non-resident Senior Fellow with the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Irina is a Russian investigative journalist, co-founder, and deputy editor of, a watchdog of the Russian secret services’ activities. Borogan reported on terrorist attacks in Russia, including hostage takings in Moscow and Beslan. In 1999 Borogan covered the NATO bombing in Yugoslavia, in 2006 she covered the Lebanon War and tensions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She chronicled the Kremlin’s campaign to gain control of civil society and strengthen the government’s police services under the pretext of fighting extremism.

She is co-author with Andrei Soldatov of The New Nobility. The Restoration of Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB (PublicAffairs, 2010), The Red Web: The Kremlin’s Wars on the Internet (PublicAffairs, 2015) and The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia’s Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad (PublicAffairs, 2019).

Olga Irisova

Olga Irisova is a political analyst, Cofounder, and Editor-in-Chief at Riddle, an online journal of Russian affairs. Her work focuses mostly on Russian media policy. Currently she is an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellow. In 2019 she was a Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution with the Kennan Institute. From 2015 to 2018, she was Senior Editor at Intersection and Analyst at the Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. She is also the editor and co-author of the book A Successful Failure: Russia after Crime(a) (2017, Warsaw). In addition, she is an alumni of the Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe. She is a Specialist in International Relations from Udmurt State University (2011) and also received her Master’s degree from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow (2013).


Izabella Tabarovsky

Izabella Tabarovsky is the Kennan Institute Senior Advisor on Regional Partnerships and Programming. She oversees the Institute’s regional partnerships and programming, it’s independent journalism initiatives, and its Historical Memory initiative. She manages the Kennan Institute’s Russia File, Focus Ukraine, and In Other Words blogs, and co-hosts its Russia File podcast. She has coordinated Kennan’s U.S.-Israel working group on Russia in the Middle East, Kennan’s alumni conferences, and other initiatives and events. Her research expertise includes politics of historical memory, Russia’s independent media, the Holocaust, Stalin’s repressions, and Soviet and contemporary left antisemitism.

Her previous engagements include the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; and Cambridge Energy Research Associates. She has served as an associate producer on the critically acclaimed PBS documentary “Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy,” and worked on PBS/Frontline documentary “The Age of AIDS” and at “On Point,” an acclaimed NPR talk-show.

Izabella holds a Master of Arts degree in Russian History from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is a native Russian speaker with working knowledge of Hebrew, Spanish, French, and German. Her writings have been published in Newsweek, The National Interest, Tablet, Forward, Times of Israel, Fathom, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and others.





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