A conversation with:
Catherine Cosman
Senior Policy Analyst 
US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Miriam Lanskoy
Senior Director, Russia and Eurasia
National Endowment for Democracy

Hannah Thoburn
Research Fellow
Hudson Institute

Moderated by:

Alina Polyakova 
Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

In July, President Vladimir Putin signed into law new draconian anti-terrorism measures. Under the guise of confronting terrorism, the so-called “Yarovaya laws” (named after their main sponsor in the Russian parliament) grant Russian authorities sweeping new powers to curtail civil liberties, including setting broad restrictions on the internet and on religious practices. These laws raise alarming questions about Russia’s political and human rights direction under President Putin. The Atlantic Council and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom invite you to an expert panel discussion on September 16, 2016, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Council Headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005) to address the impact of these laws on Russian society.