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On November 1st, political commentator and historian Vladimir V. Kara-Murza joined the Institute of Modern Russia as a senior policy advisor. His responsibilities include the Institute’s outreach, policy analysis and editorial management.


“I am thrilled that Vladimir Kara-Murza has decided to join our team”, announced IMR President Pavel Khodorkovskiy, “He brings a wealth of political experience and media knowledge to our organization. His expertise will help the Institute of Modern Russia establish itself as a leading Russia-focused think-tank”.

Vladimir Kara-Murza previously served as the Washington bureau chief of RTVi, as correspondent and columnist for Novye Izvestia and Kommersant, and as editor-in-chief of the Russian Investment Review. His op-eds on Russian politics and international relations have appeared in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and World Affairs, and he has testified on Russia at the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament. He has a long history of involvement with the Russian pro-democracy movement, having served as advisor to Duma opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and campaign chairman for presidential candidate Vladimir Bukovsky. Kara-Murza was a candidate for the Russian parliament in 2003. He was recently elected to the Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition, and holds leadership positions in the Republican Party of Russia–People’s Freedom Party and in Solidarity movement.

Vladimir Kara-Murza is the author of Reform or Revolution: The Quest for Responsible Government in the First Russian State Duma (Moscow 2011) and They Chose Freedom (2005), a television documentary on dissent in the Soviet Union, as well as a contributor to Russia’s Choices: The Duma Elections and After (London 2003) and Russian Liberalism: Ideas and People (Moscow 2007). He holds an M.A. degree in history from Cambridge University, England.

“It is an honor for me to join this distinguished institute and contribute to its mission of keeping the spotlight on the situation in Russia and advocating for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law”, said Kara-Murza, “These values should remain at the forefront of international relations”.