Silencing Voices of Russian Opposition

A conversation with:
Marina Litvinenko
Widow of Alexander Litvinenko and Co-Founder
Litvinenko Justice Foundation

Alex Goldfarb
Activist and Co-Founder
Litvinenko Justice Foundation

Vladimir Kara-Murza
Coordinator and Activist
Open Russia

Welcome remarks by:
Damon Wilson
Executive Vice President
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
David Kramer
Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy
The McCain Institute for International Leadership

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 Russian and how the West should respond.  

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

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