Stephen Hoffman

My name is Stephen Hoffman and I am a 21 year old Student reading Politics and Parliamentary Studies at Leeds University where I am in my final year. I was born in St Albans, which is just north of London. From a young age I have been fascinated about the history of Tsarist Russia, The Soviet Union and the Modern Russian Federation. It was for this reason I was lucky to cover these topics in depth at school and in university and I had the chance to visit St Petersburg and Moscow in 2005. I am currently writing a dissertation on the effects Putin has had on democracy inside Russia since 2000. I have strong political opinions and I'm not afraid to share them, especially when it comes to the state of democracy in Russia.