Due to the current restrictions, visits to the 2nd Garage Triennial are based on fixed-time tickets. Please purchase tickets online, where you will find information about free time slots.

26 February 2018


The lecture by Alexander Shubin, professional historian, and participant of perestroika, is devoted to issues such as the reasons for the failure of perestroika and its impact on the events of today.

Alexander Shubin’s lecture will be devoted to the history of perestroika—its reasons, political rivalry inside the Soviet government, social and ethnic movements, new thinking policy, and key events of the era, such as the Congress of People's Deputies, the establishment of the State Committee on the State of Emergency, and the collapse of the USSR. Witness to some of these events and participant in others, Alexander Shubin argues that what happened in the USSR during perestroika was a revolution that anticipated the development of human society in the centuries to come—however, the USSR did not offer fertile ground for it to develop. Issues that were not tackled during perestroika will have to be tackled in the future.


Alexander Shubin was born in 1965 and graduated from the Moscow State Lenin Pedagogical Institute (now Moscow State Pedagogical University) in 1989. Doctor of History since 2000, he is a Senior Researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of World History and Professor at Russian State University for the Humanities and State Academic University for the Humanities. His academic interests include the history of revolutions and socialist thought, Soviet history and history of contemporary Russia and futurology. Shubin has published over 25 monographs, 7 student books, over 200 studies and hundreds of articles on various aspects of modern and contemporary history. His works include The Beginnings of Perestroika (1978–1984); From Stagnation to Reforms. USSR in 1977–1985; Paradoxes of Perestroika. USSR’s Lost Opportunity; Democracy Betrayed. Perestroika and the Cultural Underground (1986–1989) and Dissidents, Underground Culture and Freedom in the USSR.


Free admission with advance registration


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