You are cordially invited to attend a forum hosted by the Institute of Modern Russia, the Foreign Policy Initiative, and Freedom House on the afternoon of March 4th.

 

New Approach or Business As Usual?
US-EU-Russia Relations After Putin’s Crackdown

 

Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 2:45-5:30PM
Location: Senate Dirksen Building, Room 106
Washington DC 20510

Full Transcript

 

REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS:
2:45 – 3:00PM

 

WELCOME REMARKS AND INTRODUCTIONS:
3:00 – 3:15PM

VIDEO: Welcome Remarks, Panel 1

Congressman James McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Guy Verhofstadt, Leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament;
former Prime Minister of Belgium

 

PANEL 1: PUTIN’S CRACKDOWN: A VIEW FROM MOSCOW
3:15 – 4:15PM

 

Panelists:

Ludmila Alekseeva, Chairperson of the Moscow Helsinki Group

Mikhail Kasyanov, Co-Chairman of the Republican Party of Russia-People's Freedom Party; former Prime Minister of Russia

Dmitri Gudkov, Member of the State Duma (Parliament) of the Russian Federation; one of 8 who voted against the ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans

Moderator: David Kramer, Freedom House

 

PANEL 2: SHOULD THE WEST RESPOND - AND HOW?
4:15 – 5:15PM

VIDEO: Opening Remarks, Panel 2, Closing Remarks

Opening Remarks: Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Panelists:

Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament

Kristiina Ojuland, Member of the European Parliament; former Foreign Minister of Estonia

Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment

Moderator: Ellen Bork, Foreign Policy Initiative

 

CLOSING REMARKS:
5:15 – 5:30PM

Pavel Khodorkovsky, President of the Institute of Modern Russia

 

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