Harvard Professor Timothy Colton talks about Yeltsin, Navalny and Putin. Video By Pavel Inzhelevsky

Timothy Colton, an acclaimed Harvard professor and a prominent expert on Russian politics, visited Moscow to present the Russian version of his book about the country’s first president, Boris Yeltsin, Yeltsin: A Life.

In this exclusive interview with Russia Direct, he explains why the West and Russia view Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin in such different ways. In addition, Colton analyzes how opposition leader Alexey Navalny is both similar and different from Yeltsin and whether or not he can repeat Yeltsin’s political success.

Read the full version of the interview to find out how the perception of Russian political leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Boris Yeltsin impacts the image of Russia in the West.