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The Forbidden Future: ICOA presents panel at Spring Writes festival

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.

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Video: Bykov and Adams in conversation

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.

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For dissident writer, the fight for Russia’s future is personal

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.

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ICOA welcomes artist-in-residence Dmitry Bykov

Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) is pleased to welcome Russian poet, satirist, literary critic, novelist, and media personality Dmitry Bykov as its eighth artist-in-residence. Bykov is one of Russia’s best-known public intellectuals and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. He is based at Cornell’s Institute for European Studies and supported by a fellowship from the Open Society University Network.

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