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Heightened Political Repression in Russia: A Conversation with Vladimir Kara-Murza

Tuesday, May 18 | 10:00 – 11:00am

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Kremlin’s efforts to silence the Russian opposition have only increased since the attempted poisoning and subsequent imprisonment of Alexei Navalny. From expanding foreign agent legislation, to labeling organizations that promote free and fair elections as “extremist,” to imprisoning Navalny’s supporters and other opposition activists, the Russian government is unwilling to allow even activities that were normal only a few years earlier. Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian opposition politician and chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, will describe the increasingly repressive political atmosphere in Russia today, looking ahead to the Duma elections later this year and beyond — and what the future could hold given the growing anti-Putin sentiment in Russian society. Send questions to the speaker by email to kennan@wilsoncenter.org, tweet @KennanInstitute, or write on their Facebook page. To register for the event click here.

Speakers:

Ambassador Mark Green, President Director and CEO, Wilson Center

VLadimir Kara-Murza, Russian democracy activist, politician, author, and filmmaker; Chairman, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Moderator: Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute

Global Perspectives | North Korean-Russian Relations

Wednesday, May 19 | 8:00 – 9:00am

Forged in war and ideological battle, relations between Pyongyang and Moscow have been shaped by shared strategic interests, as well as feelings of perceived betrayal. How does the past affect relations between Pyongyang and Moscow today? Where are their interests aligned and where do they diverge? On May 19, Andrei Lankov, Director of NK News and Professor at Kookmin University in Seoul will join us for a conversation on North Korean-Russian relations. Send questions to the panelists by email to kennan@wilsoncenter.org, tweet @KennanInstitute, or write on their Facebook page. To register for the event please click here.

Speakers:

Andrei Lankov, Professor of History at Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea

Jean H. Lee, Director, Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy; Journalist and former Pyongyang Bureau Chief, Associated Press

Moderator: Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute