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U-M experts available to discuss nationwide protests in Russia

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—University of Michigan experts are available to discuss the nationwide protests in Russia following the fraud-tainted elections for Parliament.

They include:

Anna Grzymala-Busse is a professor of political science and the director of U-M's Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Her principal interests include political parties and political competition, state development and transformation, and post-communist politics. She has written about party competition and the paradoxical comeback of communist successor parties. She can be reached at (+1) 734-764-0351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Olga Maiorova is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literature and the director of U-M's Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. She can discuss Russian culture, nationalism, public opinion and democratic institutions. Maiorova can be reached at (+1) 734-764-0351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information about Maiorova: http://www.ii.umich.edu/crees/aboutus/people/facultyassociates/ci.maiorovaolga_ci.detail

William Zimmerman, a professor emeritus in political science, can discuss the way Russia was, is or may be in the future a "normal" country. His research also focuses on the links between attitudes to markets, democracy and foreign policy in Russia. He can be reached at (+1) 734-763-1348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More about Zimmerman: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/polisci/people/faculty/ci.zimmermanwilliam_ci.detail

Melvyn Levitsky, a retired career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service and professor of international policy and practice at U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. During his 35-year career as a U.S. diplomat, Levitsky served as officer-in-charge of U.S.-Soviet bilateral relations. He was also a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He can be reached at (+1) 734-615-4262 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More about Levitsky: http://fordschool.umich.edu/faculty/Melvyn_Levitsky