DC – Ensuring a Future for Democratic Civil Society in Russia
Free Russia Foundation, Movements.org and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation are happy to invite you to attend a day-long conference “Ensuring a Future for Democratic Civil Society in Russia.”
Washington Marriott at Metro Center,
Room Name: London II,
775 12th Street Northwest,
Washington, DC 20005
Our day-long conference “Ensuring a Future for Democratic Civil Society in Russia” will focus on how innovative strategies and the uptake of technological developments can be applied to create pressure on the Russian government and lay the groundwork for democratic reform.
The sessions will be structured as follows:
Panel 1: 10.40 am-12.10 pm
The Context: Threats and Opportunities in Putin’s Russia
A discussion of the current conditions faced by opposition politicians, civil society and human rights activists, independent journalists and international organizations.
Panel 2: 12.30-2 pm
A New Frontier? How tech and innovation can drive democratic change
An analysis of the role of innovation and disruptive technologies in empowering Russia’s democratic movement.
Breakout Groups: 2.30-4.30 pm
Designing Strategies Empowering Russia’s Pro-Democracy
An invitation-only session in which small groups across the relevant sectors engage in brainstorming to enhance the effectiveness of the pro-democracy movement.
Ilya Yashin (Deputy Chairman, Parnas political party)
Ilya Ponomarev (Russian State Duma Deputy)
David Satter (Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute)
Melissa Hooper (Director, International Law Scholarship Project/Pillar Project-Human Rights First)
Anna Veduta (former Press-Secretary of Alexey Navalny)
Michael Weiss (Senior, Editor, The Daily Beast; Editor-in-Chief, The Interpreter)
Maria Snegovaya (Columnist at Vedomosti)
Ilya Shumanov (Deputy Director, Transparency International-Russia)
Dmitry Popov (Co-Founder at LE Solutions and Citizen Control)
Andrei Soldatov (Co-Author of The Red Web)
Irina Borogan (Co-Author of The Red Web)
Stanislav Shalunov (Co-Founder and CTO at Open Garden and FireChat (via video conference)
Danilo Bakovic (Chief of Party, The Information Safety and Capacity Project)
Chris Doten (Senior Manager for Technology and Innovation, National Democratic Institute)
Anton Merkurov (Expert at Institute for State Ideologies, London)
Oleg Kozlovsky (Co-Founder at Vision of Tomorrow)
and many others
Movements.org is an online platform that crowdsources assistance for human rights activists living in unfree societies. Movements and Free Russia Foundation have partnered to build a Russian component of Movements, aimed at providing services to Russian activists via the Movements platform. For more information visit www.movements.org
About Free Russia Foundation
Free Russia Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental U.S.-based organization that coordinates pro-democracy Russian communities abroad, assists Russian opposition activists and civil society and informs U.S. and European policy makers about current events in Russia.
About the Henry M. Jackson Foundation
The Henry M Jackson Foundation was founded in 1983 to continue the unfinished work of the late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson in the areas in which he played a key leadership role: international affairs education, human rights, environment and natural resources management, and public service. Through its grantmaking and strategic initiatives, the Foundation seeks to make a lasting impact and perpetuate the Jackson legacy for the benefit of future generations. For more information visit www.hmjackson.org