Zenon Evans Interviews the Chairman of Russia's Libertarian Party


Russian Libertarian Party

While a libertarian moment blossoms in the United States, the ideas of limited government and personal freedom are catching on elsewhere in the world, too. Reason last month highlighted the victory of a Libertarian in Australia's Senate, and has this year noted campaigns in Canada, ground gained in Costa Rica, and one free market-lover (but controversial military hawk) in Israel. Now libertarianism is getting a footing in one of the unlikeliest countries: Russia. Andrey Shalnev, the chairman of the country's Libertarian Party, just got elected to a council position in the Moscow region. He tells Zenon Evans about the personal risk he incurs in Putin's increasingly authoritarian state, and the difficulties of promoting liberty to people who've never heard the word "capitalism" before.