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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On May 25, Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot jailed in Russia for 22 year for the murder of the Russian TV-journalists in Donbass, was exchanged for two Russian servicemen Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov captured in Ukraine and sentenced to 14 years for terrorism. Negotiations on the exchanged lasted for almost a year. Officially, however, the Russian authorities do not acknowledge that Savchenko was released in a swap for two Russian citizens. In fact, the Kremlin claimed that she was sent back home for "humanitarian reasons." When Savchenko arrived to Kiev, she was welcomed by the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and dozens of journalists. In Moscow, only the wives of Alexandrov and Yerofeev, and a few employees of the Russian state TV-channels were allowed to greet the two servicemen upon their return.

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