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Colour revolutions: the real picture

Natalya Narochnitskaya, historian, Head, Russian Institute for Democracy and Co-Operation, Paris

1948 - Born in Moscow
1970 - Graduates, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
1982 - Works at UN secretariat, New York
1990 - Activist, Constitutional and Democratic Party - Party of People’s Freedom
1994 - Co-Founder, All-Russian National Rights Centre
1995 - Co-Chairwoman, All-Russian National Rights Centre
2003 - Member, State Duma bloc “Motherland”
2004 - Vice-Chairwoman, State Duma International Affairs Committee
2008 - Head, Russian Institute for Democracy and Co-Operation, Paris

John Laughland, journalist, academic and writer on international affairs and political philosophy

1963 – Born in England
1986 – Graduates, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
1986 – Financial marketing executive, Reuters, London
1990 – Lecturer in British politics, Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris
1991 – Lecturer in EU politics and political philosophy, Institut D’etudes Politiques de Paris
1992 – Author, academic and journalist specialising in international affairs, history and political philosophy
1992 – Trustee, British Helsinki human rights group
1994 – Visiting lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest
1995 – European director, European Foundation, London
1998 – PhD in philosophy, University of Oxford
2001 – Visiting professor, Libera Universita Degli Studi San Pio v, Rome
2003 – Visiting professor, Universite de Marne-la-Vallee, France
2003 – Receives post doctorate degree, Universite de Marne-la-Vallee, France
2006 – Editor, geopolitical affairs, Current Affairs journal of the Daedalos Institute of Geopolitics, Cyprus

They are known as ‘Colour Revolutions’. Mass street protests in post-Communist states, which led to regime change in a number of countries. These events were hailed as a triumph of democracy. But is it a striving for democracy which drove the coloured revolutionaries? We spoke to the co-authors of the latest research into the subject, Natalya Narochnitskaya and John Laughland, in an attempt to discover the truth.