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15.03.2016

DC – Silencing Voices of Russian Opposition

Atlantic Council headquarters 1030 15th St NW, 12th floor West Tower Elevator

Please join the Free Russia Foundation, Atlantic Council and The McCain Institute for International Leadership, for a discussion on the threats faced by Russian opposition members in Russia and abroad.

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Nearly a decade ago, Alexander Litvinenko, former officer in the Russian Federal Security Bureau, was murdered in London. The cause of death, as uncovered by investigators, was poisoning by polonium, a rare radioactive substance. The investigative report on the case published in January 2016 concluded that Litvinenko’s murder was “probably” approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In May 2015, political opposition leader and journalist, Vladimir Kara-Murza, mysteriously fell ill in Moscow. Once again, poisoning was suspected. Kara-Murza survived the attack on his life, but his case, as well as Litvinenko’s and many others, has become emblematic of the increasingly repressive and dangerous situation facing Russian opposition activists.

Marina Litvinenko, Alexander Litvinenko’s widow who has fought for justice in her husband’s case, and Vladimir Kara-Murza will discuss the current situation for the opposition in Russia and how the West should respond.

We hope you can join us for this important and timely discussion.