Russia Vs. Putin conference

November 24, 2018

23rd-25th November 2018,

Grandior Hotel, Prague,

NA POŘÍČÍ 1052/42, 110 00 PRAHA 1-FLORENC.



Today marked the first day of the two day Russia vs. Putin conference in Prague. The conference is an initiative set up by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which offers a unique platform for uncensored discussion on Russia. The conference has brought together over 200 people from 35 regions in Russia and those living abroad. Many of these are prominent indepemndent journalists, Russia experts, NGO representatives, and political activists.

Among speakers are Arakady Ostrovsky (The Economist), Kirill Rogov (Political expert and writer), John Lough (Chatham House), Dimitry Oreshkin (Committee for Civic Initiatives), Pavel Felengauer (Euroasia Daily Mointor), Elena Lukyanova (promninent lawyer), Tatyana Felengauer (journalist from Echo of Moscow) and others.

During his opening remarks Mikhail Khodorkovsky gave participants his opinions on how Russia can transition from its current position towards a rule-of-law based Russia of the future:

The Russia of our dreams is a country with incredible roads and huge cities; a country that has top educational institutions and technological development. In this Russia the independence of regional administration lies in balance with a strong government that is accountable to its parliament. In our Russia parliament will be a place where deputies can represent the interests of their respective regions, instead of the interests of their own parties. (…)

The Russia of which we dream will be ruled through a constitution. It will be a country moving  towards democracy and a postindustrial society. This Russia will not fear globalisation or integration into supranational structures, for it will have modern infrastructure, competitive educational institutions, high living-standards and personal security for  its citizens.”

Over the two days, participants will take part in panels on a variety of topics, including Russian Soft Power in Europe: Good or Evil?; Russia isn’t just Moscow: The Real Concerns of Russians and Communicating these Issues Effectively; Civil Activism: Elections, Roads and Media. Preparing Russians For Life After Putin. For full details on the programme, click here.

As part of the conference, particpants are able to attend the third Journalism as a Profession Awards ceremony. The ceremony will take place on Saturday evening. The awards support civic consciousness through journalism and the promotion of European humanitarian values and education. For the shortlist of the nominees, click here.


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