This “Foreign Policy Speech” by George Fartan can be accessed here.

It was originally written for the ATHENA Jean Monnet Chair MSc Course “The EU and the Post-Soviet Space” taught by Dr. Olga Burlyuk. It is published as part of our mission to showcase peer-leading papers written by students during their studies. This work can be used for background reading and research, but should not be cited as an expert source or used in place of scholarly articles/books.


Starting on the 14th of March 2023, following Russia’s cease fire in Ukraine after losing full control over the latter’s territories, peaceful protests have been taking place in Russia, asking for the resignation of president Vladimir Putin, alongside his highest-ranking officials. Due to his refusal to resign, on the 21st of March, 2023, a violent revolution erupted. The protesters were responded to with violence, and the situation quickly escalated into an armed revolution, spreading across the largest cities of Russia. On the 27th of March, at 4:02 am, president Vladimir Putin was seen leaving the country in a private plane, alongside his regime’s highest-ranking officials. At sunrise, 06:15 am, on the same day, in the Red Square in Moscow, Andrei Nikolaevici, leader of the revolutionary group and newly established ‘SPR’ – Saving the People of Russia party, is holding a speech, trying to seize political power.