University of Wisconsin–Madison

CESSI Lecture Series- “Dealing with the Stalinist Past in Kazakhstan”

When: July 25, 2017 4:00 pm

Where: 1651 Humanities, 455 N Park St, Madison, WI

Speaker:Alexei Trochev, Associate Professor, Political Science, Nazarbayev University

About the talk: The Soviet regime left serious wounds in Kazakhstan, yet after declaring its independence in 1991 the republic chose to deal with those legacies through a very narrow transitional justice program that primarily included symbolic commemoration and inconsistent rehabilitation of victims of Stalinist crimes. This lecture explores the ideas, interests and institutions that have designed and carried out transitional justice for the victims of two large-scale tragedies in Soviet Kazakhstan under Stalin: the famine of 1931-1933, and the purges of 1937-1953.

About the speaker: Alexei Trochev is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nazarbayev University. He edits the journal “Statutes and Decisions: The Laws of the USSR and Its Successor States,” which has recently covered issues of judicial politics in Ukraine, police reform in Russia, and criminal justice reforms in Kazakhstan. His current research projects explore judicial politics in post-Soviet countries. His latest article on criminal justice in Kazakhstan appears in the Cornell International Law Journal.