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Ryszard Łuczyn
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Krzysztof Mrozek
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PL-RU Club

The PL-RU Club is a platform which facilitates the exchange of ideas among the young generation of Polish and Russian experts, journalists and activists. Members of the club include political scientists, sociologists and economists as well as historians of ideas and cultural anthropologists. The discussions held during the meetings promote the knowledge and understanding of the Polish and Russian ways of looking at important domestic and international policy issues and also help to overcome divisions, prejudices and stereotypes.

Our ambition is to encourage participants to keep in touch outside of meetings as well as to exchange opinions and argue in both electronic and traditional media. We want to inspire dialogue between Polish and Russian members so that activities of the club are not limited to regular meetings but rather create an area for lively discussions and joint projects.
Website of the PL_RU Club (in Polish and Russian) more
 

10th Meeting: Contemporary “revolutions”
05-06 April 2017
The April meeting of the PL_RU Club was devoted to deep, revolutionary changes observed in the West and their consequences to Poland and Russia. As 2017 marks a centenary of the Russian revolution, the participants discussed the nature of contemporary populist or conservative “revolutions” in the USA and the European Union along with the relative stability of the current Russian regime. The meeting was attended by 28 participants, 10 from Russia and 18 from Poland. Participants_PL, Participants_RU
10th meeting of the Club was accompanied by a public debate Make Russia great again: are changes in the West good for Russia? with participation of Aleksey Chadaev (former associate to Boris Nemtsov), Pavel Puchkov (Moscow State University) and Ekaterina Romanova (Russian Academy of Sciences). The debate was moderated by Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz (Batory Foundation).

9th Meeting: Civic activism - political, apolitical and antypolitical
05-06 December 2016
The December meeting of PL_RU Club was devoted to social and civic activism and the question of whether it is possible to be active in a public life and remain apolitical. The participants discussed whether apoliticism is a credibility-building value or an obstacle for an effective public activity. The meeting was attended by 18 participants, 8 from Russia and 10 from Poland. Participants_PL, Participants_RU
9th meeting of the Club was accompanied by a public debate “Good change”. A view from Moscow with participation of Aleksey Chadaev (former associate to Boris Nemtsov), Ivan Preobrazhensky (“Rosbalt” News Agency) and Pavel Puchkov (Moscow State University). The debate was moderated by Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz (Batory Foundation).

8th Meeting: Poland. Russia. Conservative revolution?
11-12 April 2016
The April meeting of PL_RU Club was devoted to the turn towards conservatism, that has been observed for already several years in Russia under V. Putin’s rule and currently in Poland, after forming of right-wing majority in the parliament following elections held in October 2015. The meeting was attended by 31 participants, 10 from Russia and 21 from Poland. Participants_PL, Participants_RU
8th meeting of the Club was accompanied by a public debate Russian turn to right with participation of Aleksey Chadaev (former associate to Boris Nemtsov), Artemy Magun (European University in St. Petersburg), Ekaterina Kuznetsova (Higher School of Economics in Moscow), Ivan Preobrazhensky (“Rosbalt” News Agency) and Maria Snegovaya (Columbia University). The debate was moderated by Łukasz Pawłowski (“Kultura Liberalna” weekly).

7th Meeting: Economy-Democracy-Authoritarianism
19-20 October 2015
The October meeting of PL_RU Club was devoted to relations between political regimes and economic models. Club participants analyzed potential advantages and disadvantages of particular models, changes in global economy and economic policy of Poland and Russia. The meeting was attended by 20 participants, 6 Russians and 14 Poles. Participants_PL, Participants_RU
7th meeting of the Club was accompanied by a public debate Russian Economy in the Time of Crisis with four Russian speakers: Denis Burakov (“Gefter”), Pavel Kazarin (Radio Svoboda), Ekaterina Romanova (Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences) and Denis Volkov (Levada Center). The debate was moderated by Jarosław Kuisz (“Kultura Liberalna” weekly).

6th Meeting: Cities and Urban Movements
13-14 April 2015
 
The April meeting of PL_RU Club was devoted to the meaning of cities and urban movements in the process of social transition, and modernisation. We also talked about tasks realised by such movements and limit’s of their influence. 

There were 30 participants of the debate including 11 Russians.  Participants_PL Participants_RU
In a public debate devoted to the “New and the “old” enemies of Russians 6 guests were involved as speakers: Irina Chechel („Gefter”), Mikhail Fishman (Slon.ru, "Newsweek”), Aleksandr Kynev (Foundation for the Development of Information Politics), Ivan Preobrazhenskiy (Rosbalt Agency), Mark Simon (The Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas), Denis Wolkov (Levada Center). 
 
5th Meeting: Culture Wars
27-28 October 2014 
In October the PL_RU Club debated over phenomenon of as called culture wars and it’s role in political, cultural and social relations. We have asked our guests about the utilitarian character of culture wars in a public discourse, it’s divergence in Russia and Poland, and about our ability of it’s mitigation.
33 people participated in a dispute including 13 guests from Russia. Participants_PL Participants_RU
In a public debate “Russia – conservative turn?” 5 guests were involved as speakers: Aleksandr Bikbov (State University Lomonosov), Ilia Kalinin (philologist, cultural historian), Ekaterina Kuznecova (Center for Research of Post-industrial Society in Moscow), Artem Magun (Strasbourg University) and David Ter-Oganian (visual artist, custodian). 
The meeting was supported by the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding 
 
4th Meeting: Poland and Russia and the East European Identity
19-20 May 2014
 
This meeting was devoted to the relation of Polish and Russians with East Europe and its significance for both countries.
The influence of former soviet politics for current relations of the Russian Empire with East Europe, and Polish legacy with its references to the heritage of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in the region were compared.
We talked also about Russians and Polish relation with Ukraine and Belarus as independent neighbouring countries including Polish sense of responsibility the future of their eastern neighbours. 
26 people were involved in the debate including 10 guests from Russia.  Participants_PL Participants_RU
In a public debate “Russia +/-“ What recent events told us about the country? 5 guests participated as speakers: Pavlo Kazarin (Slon.ru), Oleg Kashin (OpenSpace.ru), Ivan Preobrazhenskiy (Rosbalt agency), Michał Sutowski (“Krytyka Polityczna”),Sergey Utkin (Institute of World Economy and International Relations – Russian Academy of Sciences).

3rd Meeting:
Poland and Russia – Reckoning with the Communist Past
18–19 November 2013
This meeting of the PL-RU Club was devoted to attitudes towards the communist past in both countries. We discussed the issue of reckoning and the impact the past has on today’s political and social life. We also examined the memory of the communist era (including the phenomenon of nostalgia for the Soviet Union and for the People’s Republic of Poland) and the reflection of this past in culture.
Representatives of different intellectual circles from Poland and Russia talked about the culture of memory and the images of the two totalitarian regimes, especially in Russia. They also considered the role of forgetting, especially among young people. They discussed opportunities for forgiveness and the differences between the Russian, Polish and German cultures of remembrance. The issues of forgiveness and reconciliation as well as the impact of European integration on the Polish memory were touched upon.

The meeting concluded with a discussion involving Agnieszka Holland on how art facilitates talking about the past.

It was attended by 12 Russians and 14 Poles. Participants_PL Participants_RU
The meeting was accompanied by a public debate entitled Nostalgia for Communism, which involved Russian participants.

2nd Meeting:
Poland and Russia – Changing Societies
16–17 April 2013
This meeting of the PL-RU Club was devoted to the social change which has taken place in Poland and Russia in recent years and the role of the young generation. The discussion concerned generational and social change, social links, the ageing population and new generations that find it more and more difficult to enter the labour market and have no experience of the Cold War period, as well as the phenomenon of radicalisation and the emergence of extreme political attitudes. The discussion was introduced by Ireneusz Krzemiński (University of Warsaw) and Nikolai Petrov (Higher School of Economics in Moscow). It concluded with a debate with Aleksander Smolar about the experience of Solidarity. 
The meeting was attended by 9 Russians and 14 Poles. Participants_PL Participants_RU
The meeting was accompanied by a public debate entitled Russian Society and Politics: Attitudes, New Phenomena, Another Type of Politics? involving Russian participants of the Club.
 
1st Meeting: Poland and Russia in Europe
15–16 October 2012
The first meeting, which was attended by 8 Russians and 10 Poles Participants_PL Participants_RU, was devoted to the waning attractiveness of the European model of democracy, modernisation and development, and the significance of the European crisis for Poland and Russia. The discussion was introduced by two papers: Poland in Europe by Paweł Świeboda (demosEUROPA Centre for European Strategy) [PDF 377 KB], and Russia in Europe by Natalya Zubarevich (Independent Institute for Social Policy and University of Moscow) [PDF 366 KB].
The meeting was accompanied by a public debate entitled Russia and Today’s Challenges, which involved Russian participants of the club.
The meeting was supported by the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding.


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