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Wednesday September 14 2022, 6pm BST

The Story of Russia, with Orlando Figes

No other country has been so divided over its own past as Russia. How the Russians came to tell their own national story, and to reinvent it as they went along, is a vital aspect of their history, their culture and beliefs. To understand what Russia’s future holds – to grasp what Putin’s regime means for Russia and the world – we need to unravel the ideas and meanings of that history.

That’s the argument that historian Orlando Figes will be making when he comes to Intelligence Squared on September 14 to reveal the vibrant characters that comprise Russia’s rich history. Figes will shed light on significant historical moments including the crowning of 16-year-old Ivan the Terrible in a candlelit cathedral, Catherine the Great riding out in a green uniform to arrest her husband at his palace, and the bitter last days of the Romanovs.

Drawing from his new book The Story of Russia, Figes will weave together the past and the present to provide an accurate picture of the country that threatens Ukraine and the liberal global order  today. 

Praise for The Story of Russia

‘Figes knows more about Russia than any other historian’ – Max Hastings, The Sunday Times

‘The history book you need if you want to understand modern Russia’ – Anne Applebaum 

‘A magnificent, magisterial thousand year history of Russia . . . by one of the masters of Russian scholarship’– Simon Sebag Montefiore 

‘A great historian at the peak of his powers’ – William Dalrymple

Book Bundles (UK ONLY)

Book bundles include one ticket for the online debate, plus a copy of
The Story of Russia
by Orlando Figes  with free UK P&P. Books will be posted within 1-2 weeks of the event finishing. Click here to purchase a book bundle.

Free: Coming of Age at the End of History (Hardback)

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  • Orlando Figes

    Award-winning historian and author of The Story of Russia

Chair TBC

  • Online event
  • Wednesday 14 September 2022
  • 6pm to 7pm BST



Orlando Figes

Award-winning historian and author of The Story of Russia

Award-winning author and historian, who has held teaching posts at Birkbeck College, University of London and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He is the bestselling author of nine books on Russian and European history, including Natasha’s Dance and A People’s Tragedy. His books have been translated into over 30 languages.

Chair TBC