Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. After graduating in History from the London School of Economics, he took a PhD from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham. He held lectureships at the Universities of Essex and California, Santa Cruz, before joining the University of Kent in 1987. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs. Recent books include Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky – Yukos Affair (London and New York, I. B. Tauris, 2014), Putin Redux: Power and Contradiction in Contemporary Russia (London and New York, Routledge, 2014) and Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands published with an Afterword by I. B. Tauris in 2016. His latest book is Russia against the Rest: The Post-Cold War Crisis of World Order, published by Cambridge University Press in late 2017. He is currently working on the books Russia’s Futures, to be published by Polity Press, and The Putin Phenomenon, for I. B. Tauris (Bloomsbury). He is also co-editing the book, with Piotr Dutkiewicz and Fyodor Lukyanov, Eurasia on the Edge: Managing Complexity, for Lexington Books.