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Senior lecturer, La Trobe University

Robert Horvath is a specialist on Russian politics. His most recent book is 'Putin's Fascists: Russkii Obraz and the Politics of Managed Nationalism in Russia' (Routledge, 2021). It examines the relationship between the Putin regime and Russkii Obraz, a neo-nazi organization that became a major force on Russia's radical nationalist scene in 2008-10. It shows how Russkii Obraz’s rise was boosted by the regime’s policy of ‘managed nationalism,’ which mobilised radical nationalist proxies against opponents of authoritarianism

He is also the author of Putin's 'Preventive Counter-Revolution' (Routledge, 2013), a study of the programme of reforms and repression that transformed the face of Russian politics during Vladimir Putin's second term as president.

His current research preoccupations include the politics of Russian nationalism and the human rights movement in Russia. His commentary has been published in The Age, The Australian, The Diplomat, Inside Story, and The Canberra Times.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer, La Trobe University