Putin and the applause of the right



Martin Pollack in conversation with Karl Schlögel

When we think of Russia nowadays, we feel shifted to the epoch of the Cold War. Putin wants to create a powerful Russia again, to split and weaken the EU. Russia should be respected around the globe again, but more to be feared. What are Putin’s goals when maintaining contact to European rights? Will his confrontation policy have chance of success or is the New Russia, like the Soviet Union, doomed to failure? Martin Pollack will discuss this and other questions with Karl Schlögel, expert on Russia as well as historian, author, publicist and commentator on political processes in Eastern Europe.

Philipp Hauß will read texts by the author’s latest book.
In German.

Admission: EUR 15,-
10% discount for Erste Bank card holders, upon presentation of the card at the Burgtheater ticket office or the evening box office of Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz.

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Cover image: Casino am Schwarzenbergplatz. Photo: © Georg Soulek/Burgtheater.


The series of talks Grenzgänger/Grenzdenker (Cross-Border Travellers/Cross-Border Thinkers) is collaborative project of Burgtheaters Vienna and ERSTE Foundation. Media partner: Die Presse.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.