Mikhail Khodorkovsky

On Track For a Future Without Putin

Over the 23-25 November, the Russia vs. Putin conference took place in Prague. The conference is an initiative set up by Mikhail Khodorkovsky that provides a unique platform for uncensored discussions on a future Russia with the current regime out of the picture. The conference was attended by over 200 people, including journalists, policy experts and NGO representatives from Russia and beyond.

An important part of the conference was the third annual Journalism as a Profession Awards ceremony. The Journalism as a Profession Awards shed light on the work of independent Russian-language journalists, who publish objective and insightful work on issues that state-aligned media aovids. Mikhail Khodorkovsky gave some thoughtful opening remarks, speaking about the significance of independent, objective journalism in light of the death of three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic.

Prague also played host to the annual Open Russia Movement conference, where activists from all of the Movement’s 35 regional HQs gathered to discuss and vote on the future direction of the Movement.

At the Russia vs. Putin conference participants were able to attend expert-led panel discussions on a wide range of topic, including Russia soft power in Europe, regionalism in Russia and civil activism.

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

The panel-led discussions were held in Russian. However, there were many points made that may be of use to those trying to get a better understanding of how Russians can take on the Putin regime. We have summarised the best points from the some of the panels in English below.

 

Contents

Human Rights in Russia’s Prison: Action Today to Form Institutions of Tomorrow. Danila Galperovich (M), Andrei Babushkin, Andrei Barabanov, Karinna Moskalenko, Koreshyn Sagieva, Olga Romanova.
Civil Activism: Elections, Street Protests and the Media. Preparing for Life After Putin. Danila Galperovich (M), Alexander Solovyov, Evgenia Chirikova, Sergei Smirnov, Yuliya Galyamina.
Why Facts Are Becoming Powerless Against Propaganda. Tatiana Felgengauer (M), Andrei Arkhangelsky, Anna Narinskaya, Tikhon Dzyadko, Vasily Gatov.
Does the Putin Regime Have an Ideology? Kirill Rogov (M), Alexander Morozov, Arkady Ostrovsky, Nikolai Mitrokhin, Timur Olevsky, Vladimir Pastukhov.
Russia Is More Than Just Moscow: Expressing the concerns of citizens. Tatiana Felgengauer (M), Maria Eismont, Oleg Kashin, Sergei Smirnov, Yuliya Muzhnik.
Will the European Right-Wing Populism Sweep Through Russia? Vladimir Pastukhov (M), Emil Pain, John Laugh, Kirill Rogov, Pavel Felgengauer.
Economics, Stimuli and Human Capital: Has the Putin Formed the ‘New Russian Citizen’? Boris Grozovsky (M), Alexander Morozov, Dmitry Travin, Leonid Gozman, Vigaudas Ushatskas.
Russian Soft Power in Europe: Good or Evil? Maria Ordzhonikidze (M), Anton Shekhovtsov, Maria Snegovaya, Roman Matsa.

 

Human Rights in Russia’s Prison: Action Today to Form Institutions of Tomorrow.

Moderator: Danila Galperovich.

 

Civil Activism: Elections, Street Protests and the Media. Preparing for Life After Putin.

Moderator: Danila Galperovich.

 

 

Why Facts Are Becoming Powerless Against Propaganda.

Moderator: Tatiana Felgengauer

 

Does the Putin Regime Have an Ideology?

Moderator: Kirill Rogov

 

Russia Is More Than Just Moscow. Articulating the concerns of citizens.

Moderator: Tatiana Felgengauer

 

Will the European Right-Wing Populism Sweep Through Russia?

Moderator: Vladimir Pastukhov

 

Economics, Stimuli and Human Capital: Has the Putin Formed the ‘New Russian Citizen’?

Moderator: Boris Grozovsky

 

Russian Soft Power in Europe: Good or Evil?

Moderator: Maria Ordzhonikidze

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