Maria Lipman, a Russian analyst and editor of the online journal Counterpoint, was the featured speaker at the 2017 Herbert J. Ellison Memorial Lecture at the University of Washington. In this lecture, Lipman discusses Russia’s past and future as the country marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. According to Lipman, Russia does not have a shared national narrative of this formative event of the twentieth century. In this lecture, Lipman discusses how the Russian government is commemorating the anniversary and talks about what a fourth presidential term for Vladimir Putin might mean for the Russian Federation.
Lipman was the Editor-in-Chief of “Pro et Contra,” a policy journal published by the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2003 to 2014. Before joining Carnegie Moscow Center Lipman was co-founder and Deputy Editor of two Russian weekly magazines. From 2001 to 2011 Lipman wrote an op-ed column on Russian politics, media and society for the Washington Post. She has contributed to a variety of Russian and US publications; since 2012 she has written a monthly blog for The New Yorker online.