Russia’s Opposition Movement: One Year On

Event date: 
Tue, 12/04/2012 - 10:00 to 12:00


United Kingdom

Since the Duma elections and his re-election as President, Vladimir Putin has initiated a widespread crackdown on the opposition. The imprisonment of the three members of Pussy Riot, along with charges of embezzlement against Alexei Navalny, signify the Russian state’s determination to stifle the opposition, tighten its grip on power and reverse any progress previously made in opening up Russian civil society. On the anniversary of the disputed Duma election results and the rise of the opposition movement, the Russia Foundation and The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society will host a seminar to explore questions such as: 

  • What has the protest movement achieved?
  • What does the new opposition now look like?
  • What is the extent and impact of the crackdown on the opposition and civil liberties currently being waged by Vladimir Putin?
  • What are the geostrategic implications for global relations?
  • How can Western governments support democratic forces in Russia?

To help us answer these questions we are pleased to host two of Russia’s leading opposition activists and an internationally acclaimed Russia expert.

  • Kseniya Sobchak – Russian TV Pundit & Political Activist A prominent political activist and daughter of the first democratically elected mayor of Saint Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak. Kseyina is a Russian TV celebrity and one of Russia’s most popular Twitter users.
  • Vladimir Ashurkov – Executive Director, Foundation for Fighting Corruption Businessman and former senior executive at Alfa Group, one of Russia's largest privately owned investment groups, Ashurkov has been a vocal supporter of the opposition movement. He is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption.
  • Dr Marie Mendras – Academic and Leading Russia Specialist Dr. Mendras is a Professor at Sciences Po University in Paris, and Associate fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. She is also author of 'Russian Politics. The Paradox of a Weak State (2012)'.

The discussion will be co-chaired by David Clark, Chair of the Russia Foundation, and Julia Pettengill, Chair of The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society.

We would be delighted if you were able to join us for the event. Please RSVP to Nick Colwill on or 020 3544 4943. Refreshments will be provided.