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Who is Putin?

In this presentation, we delve into the multifaceted journey of Vladimir Putin, drawing insights from a diverse collection of literary works. From his formative years and tenure as a KGB agent to his rise in the political arena and exercise of authority, we explore various dimensions of his life. We'll examine his personal beliefs, ideological underpinnings, and endeavour to decipher the motivations behind his actions. This narrative intricately weaves together contemporary Russian history and the Ukrainian conflict, highlighting the profound impact of Putin's ideology on these pivotal events.


John Felvinci was born in Hungary in 1934 and came to Canada after the 1956 revolution. Studied at McGill and received a doctoral degree in nuclear physics. Left for the US in 1965 to teach and do research at Columbia University in New York. During his research he got involved with computers and later worked in industry installing radiation monitoring and security systems at nuclear power plants. In 1990 he returned to Montreal and worked in telecommunications. Retired in 1994 and joined MCLL (McGill Community of Lifelong Learning), (was MILR), where he has been very active in moderating study groups, giving lectures and taking part in the administration. He was the chairman of the Curriculum Committee, Technology Committee and was President in 2000-2001. He also gives lectures at the Cummings Centre, Encore and other selected venues. Besides science and music, his hobby is the study of history and cultural history of Europe and North America.


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