Award-Winning Writer and Journalist to Give Lecture on the Limits of Freedom Under the Putin Administration

Dmitry Bykov, award-winning writer and journalist from Russia, will be speaking at the College of the Holy Cross on the limits of freedom under the Putin administration on Monday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. in Stein 133. The event is free and open to the public.

Bykov studied at Moscow State University’s Faculty of Journalism. A prolific writer, his works include poetry, fiction, and biographies. He is a co-founder of the “Citizen Poet” project which showcases satirical political poetry.

In 2006, Bykov’s biography on Boris Pasternak (Young Guard, 2008) won the National Bestseller and Big Book awards. He won the National Bestseller award again in 2011 for “Ostromov, or the Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (PROZAiK, 2010), a novel about Freemasons in Leningrad during the 1920s which was shortlisted for the 2011 Big Book award. In addition to “Ostromov,” Bykov has published seven novels, three volumes of essays, and eight collections of poetry.

Bykov is also the creative editor of the Sobesednik newspaper and often appears on television and radio. He has hosted numerous programs including “The City Show with Dmitry Bykov.” The New World journal reviewer Nikita Eliseev called Bykov “one of Russia’s most colorful contemporary writers,” and that his [Bykov’s] dream is to write the great Russian novel of the early 21st century.

This event is sponsored by the Russian program, Russian and East European Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies.