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Russian dissident poet, novelist, and satirist Dmitry Bykov says societies need writers to help them imagine the future, but “the future is the most forbidden topic” in his country. On May 13, he joined Mark Lipovetsky, director of graduate studies at Columbia University’s Department of Slavic Languages, for a wide-ranging discussion called “The Forbidden Future: Literature and Journalism in Today’s Russia.” Barbara Adams moderated. A video will be available soon.
In this video, Russian dissident writer Dmitry Bykov speaks with ICOA board member Barbara Adams at the 2022 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Ithaca College.
In a profile in the Cornell Chronicle, Dmitry Bykov describes his interests and goals and discusses the personal and professional challenges he has faced as a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin.