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Russian democracy from the Western point of view

Spotlight's guest is Lord Robert Skidelsky, Director of the Moscow School of Political Studies and Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University.

1939 - Born in Harbin, China
1962 - Graduates, Jesus College, Oxford University
1967 - Receives D. Phil Social Studies, Jesus College, Oxford University
1970 - Associate professor, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
1976 - Head, History Department, Philosophy and European Studies, North London Polytechnic
1978 - Professor of International Studies, Warwick University
1987 - Member, Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on Public Records
1990 - Professor of Political Economy, Department Of Economics, Warwick University
1997 - Honorary D. Litt., Buckingham University
1997 - Honorary fellow, Jesus College, Oxford University
1998 - Board member, Moscow School of Political Studies
2002 - Visiting research fellow, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics
2002 - Member, Academic Advisory Council, Wilton Park
2002 - Founder and Chairman, Centre for Global Studies, London
2003 - Non-executive director, Janus Capital Inc, U.S.
2003 - Chairman of Governors, Brighton College
2004 - President, Labrus Investment Club
2005 - Honorary professorial fellow, centre for Business Management, Queen Mary's College, University of London
2005 - Non-executive Chairman, Greater Europe Fund
2006 - Advisor to Deutsche Bank on Russia

What's wrong with Russia from the Western point of view? After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many in the West thought that Russia would become a fully-fledged member of the family of Western democracies. The recent election in Russia showed that the country has gone it own way, away from a weak and destabilised state to a predictable democracy. But it still seems to fall short of Western standards. Why? What is it that the West doesn't like? Lord Robert Skidelsky will attempt to answer these and other questions on Spotlight.