Mr Putin calls himself a democrat. However, recent decisions taken by the Russian President are testimony to his anti-democratic instincts. According to an increasing number of commentators, the Russian Federation is sliding into authoritarianism. Margot Light, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, will discuss the future of democracy in Russia. She is an old Soviet hand, an expert on internal policy and foreign relations in Russia and the CIS, and author of numerous writings on Russian current affairs.