7-8 March 2024
Tartu, Estonia



The Baltic Defence College, based in Tartu, Estonia, stands at the intersection of East and West and is dedicated to exploring the complexities and challenges of our eastern neighbour, Russia. The College’s annual Conference on Russia is a flagship event in its academic program and serves as a platform for experts from the political, diplomatic, military, and academic spheres to share their insights and perspectives on Russia.
From establishing the Baltic Defence College and especially from the inception of our conference and publications, we have become a hub of expert knowledge, unveiling diverse trends relating to Russian domestic and external connections. These debates become even more salient after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 
We hope you will join us in the discussion! 



10:00 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:30

Opening Remarks / Welcome

Opening Remarks: Conference director Dr Viljar Veebel and Commandant of Baltic Defence College Brigadier General Alvydas Šiuparis

12:30 - 13:30

Keynote Speech: “Russia 2024: What options left for Kremlin?”

13:30 - 15:00

Panel I: “Russia 2024: What options left for Kremlin?”

15:00 - 15:30

Power Coffee Break / Online Session: "Pro-Russian Sentiments in European Politics: Motives and Modalities"

15:30 - 17:00

Panel II: “Belarus 2024: Russian junior partner or …?”

17:00 - 17:30

Online Session: "Presidential Elections in Russia and the Domestic Struggle for Power"

18:30 - 20:30

Night Owl Session: "Informational Warfare vs. Actual Conflict: Russia 2024"

8:00 - 9:00

Arrival of participants

9:00-10:15 Conference Hall Scandinavia

Panel III: Student Panel: “Quo Vadis Russo-Ukrainian war 2024?”

Moderated by Dr. Dumitru Minzarari, BALTDEFCOL students (TBC)

10:15 - 10:30

Coffee Break / Online Broadcast

Online Broadcast from Conference Hall – Latvia

10:30 - 11:45 Conference Hall Scandinavia

Panel IV: "China's Role in Russia's Future"

12:00 - 13:00

Buffet Lunch

Venue: V Spa and Conference Hotel Lobby and Restaurant Joyce

12:15 - 13:00

Online session “Presidential elections in Russia and domestic battle for power”

Online Broadcast from Conference Hall – Latvia

13:00 - 14:15

Panel V: "Russia and Russians through the Prism of International Law"

14:15 - 14:45

Coffee Break / Online Session: "Nordic Integration into NATO: Impacts on Baltic States and Russia"

14:45 - 16:00 Conference Hall Scandinavia

Panel VI: "Russia 2024: Baltic and Nordic Security Imperatives"

16:00 - 16:10

Closing Remarks

The Conference on Russia 2024, Dean Dr. Sliwa

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