This course examines mainstream and independent media sources, literary works, and films in order to find the authentic Putin and
dynamic contemporary Russia. Unraveling over a century of attempts by the West to penetrate and remake Russia, we will apply
theoretical frameworks appropriate to the specific forms of communication and expression (journalism, literature, and film) in order to
better understand the real, instead of parodied or demonized, president and the country he has steered since the beginning of the
millennium. The course is the same as Russian 285.