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June 3, 2014
6:30 pm 9:30 pm

Pushkin House
5a Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA

On June 3, 2014, Pushkin House and the Institute of Modern Russia will host the London screening of They Chose Freedom, a documentary film on the history of the Soviet dissident movement.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the film’s author Vladimir Kara-Murza and Vladimir Bukovsky, one of the leading Soviet-era dissidents, who spent twelve years in the Gulag and was forcibly exiled to the West in 1976.


Vladimir Kara-Murza
Senior Advisor, Institute of Modern Russia
Author and Producer of They Chose Freedom

Vladimir Bukovsky
Writer, former Soviet dissident and political prisoner

About the Film:
They Chose Freedom, a documentary film written and produced by Russian historian and television journalist Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, tells the story of the dissident movement in the USSR, from its emergence in the 1950s until the collapse of the Soviet dictatorship in 1991. The film is narrated primarily through interviews with prominent Russian dissidents: Elena Bonner, Vladimir Bukovsky, Vladimir Dremlyuga, Viktor Fainberg, Natalia Gorbanevskaya, Naum Korzhavin, Sergei Kovalev, Eduard Kuznetsov, Pavel Litvinov, Yuri Orlov, Alexander Podrabinek, Anatoly (Natan) Sharansky, and Alexander Yesenin-Volpin. The Institute of Modern Russia sponsored the translation and English-language production of They Chose Freedom as part of its commitment to preserving the legacy of those who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for freedom, human rights, and the rule of law in Russia.

Ticket required. Tickets for £7 / £5 (for the benefit of Pushkin House) can be purchased here.