Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). After graduating in History from the London School of Economics, he gained a PhD from CREES at the University of Birmingham. He held lectureships at the Universities of Essex and California, Santa Cruz, before joining the University of Kent in 1987. His main research interests are Russian domestic and international politics, problems of democratisation, European international relations, and problems of international order.
He has published widely on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs. Books include: Postcommunism (Buckingham, Open University Press, 1999), Contextualising Secession: Normative Aspects of Secession Struggles (Oxford University Press, 2003), co-edited with Bruno Coppieters; the edited volume Chechnya: From Past to Future (London, Anthem Press; Sterling, VA, Stylus Publishers, 2005); Russian Politics and Society (London & New York, Routledge, 4th edn 2008), and Putin: Russia’s Choice (Routledge, 2nd edn 2008). His book on The Quality of Freedom: Khodorkovsky, Putin and the Yukos Affair was published by Oxford University Press in 2009, and his study called Communism in Russia: An Interpretative Essay was published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2010 (with a Russian version published by Rosspen in 2011). His book on The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession came out with Cambridge University Press in 2011. In 2014 two books were published: Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky – Yukos Affair (London and New York, I. B. Tauris) and Putin Redux: Power and Contradiction in Contemporary Russia (London and New York, Routledge). His latest book is Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands, published by I. B. Tauris, 2015.