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Putin’s War: His Motives, Claims, and Lies

In this live presentation you will hear the story of Putin’s rise to power, learn interesting facts about Russian propaganda and politics, and will be invited to ask questions.

Dmitri Yakovlev, a Muscovite who wholeheartedly supports Ukraine in her fight for freedom, argues that:

  • If we don’t support Ukraine, the conflict soon may become the whole world’s problem
  • Putin does not want this war to end
  • Should the world have negotiated with Hitler – Chamberlain did and what came of it?


Dmitri is the COO and co-founder of a  local high-tech company and works with a web development team in Ukraine.

“As I speak with members of our team in Ukraine, I often hear rocket alarms going off during our Skype conversation. To me, it’s unnerving. They simply work through it.”

Since Putin’s war started, Dmitri has been helping raise funds for Ukraine to purchase power generators for local maternity and psychiatric hospitals (Russia is bombing Ukraine’s infrastructure to leave citizens without power or heat).

In 1991 Dmitri spent two nights on the barricades in Moscow streets standing up for democracy during the coup-d’etat attempt. He is a dual citizen of Russia and USA, living here since 1993. He has family in the US, Russia, and Ukraine.  Dmitri was in Moscow on the day Putin started the war and saw firsthand the reaction of Muscovites: the unrest, the protests, the panic, the ugly support for Putin and his war.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Brookline Village - Hunneman Hall
361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445, United States


Hunneman Hall is located on the second floor of the Brookline Village Library. To access, use one of the main entrances, which are equipped with ramps and door openers, followed by the elevator in the atrium. This venue is equipped with assistive listening transmitters and devices, available upon request.

Need aids or accommodations? Email our administration team or give us a call at 617-730-2360 for more information.

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