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Fostering Principled Engagement with Russia: The Case for Human Rights and the Rule of Law

  • 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)

Recent grim socio-political developments inside Russia warrant a closer look at the Kremlin’s actions at home and their implications for the Russian government’s influence abroad. Increasing attempts to control free speech and online communication, a continuing assault on human rights defenders, civic organizations and activists, and a rekindled desire to manage youth under the pretext of preventing radicalization are evident against the backdrop of Putin’s stagnating approval ratings and slumping national economy. The Kremlin boldly exports the authoritarian methods that it has perfected with impunity within its own borders, influencing other leaders, spreading illiberal policies abroad, and provoking doubt and disillusionment in democratic countries, including the United States.

Are the existing accountability mechanisms in the U.S. effective against the expansion of Russia’s undemocratic practices and influence? Are undemocratic actions by the Kremlin within its borders an obstacle at all to productive engagement with Russia on economy, trade, nuclear security and energy independence? How can the United States’ engagement with and policy toward Russia be effectively informed by the implementation of international agreements and multilateral accountability mechanisms in which it participates?

Please join Freedom House and a panel of distinguished speakers for a timely discussion on the future of the U.S. foreign policy toward Russia.

This event is on the record and open to the public.
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SPEAKERS

Vladimir Kara-Murza

Vice-Chairman, Open Russia movement, Chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Wolfgang Benedek

Professor Emeritus of International Law, University of Graz

OSCE Moscow Mechanism Rapporteur on alleged serious human rights violations and impunity in Chechnya

Maria Kanevskaya

Founding board member of the Human Rights Resource Center, Member of the Russian NGO Lawyers’ Club, attorney-at-law

Marc Behrendt

Director of Europe and Eurasia programs

Freedom House

MODERATOR

Kyle Parker

Senior Staff Representative

U.S. Helsinki Commission