On October 21, Masha Gessen spoke at an event organized by the Modern War Institute. Speaking to a large audience of cadets and faculty, Gessen, a Russian and American journalist and author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, discussed the challenge the West has faced in trying to make sense of Russia under Putin’s rule. The answer on how to do so is actually simple, she explained: Listen to him.

Watch the video of Gessen’s remarks below, and read about her visit to West Point here.