Ukraine v. Russia and the Kleptocrats

Welcome remarks by:
Dr. Alina Polyakova 
Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

A conversation with:
Dr. Alan Riley
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center 
Atlantic Council

The Hon. C. Boyden Gray
Founding Partner
Boyden Gray & Associates

Dr. Ruth Wedgwood
Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Moderated by:
The Hon. Walter B. Slocombe
Senior Counsel
Caplin & Drysdale

Please join the Atlantic Council on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators), for the release of the new report, Ukraine v. Russia and the Kleptocrats: The Legal Route to Recover Ukraine’s Losses, by Alan Riley. The report and panel discussion will focus on the legal avenues Ukraine can take to recover assets lost under the Yanukovych regime and  Russia’s occupation of Crimea and eastern Ukraine.  

No country has suffered more from Russia’s renewed interest in redefining European borders than Ukraine: pro-Russian elites have plundered the country’s assets and resources, and Russia’s occupation of Crimea and the Donbas has hobbled Ukraine’s economy and displaced over one million people. In addition, former President Viktor Yanukovych’s kleptocratic regime pilfered Ukraine’s state budget. Ukraine must deploy legal mechanisms to recover state-owned assets stolen by the previous regime and obtain redress from Russia for incurred liabilities. Recouping these losses will bolster Ukraine’s state finances, improve its bargaining position vis-à-vis Russia, and reinforce its sovereignty as an independent nation capable of determining its own position in Europe.

Alan Riley is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Statecraft, Temple Place, London. Dr. Riley was formerly Professor of Law at City Law School, City University, Grays Inn, London. He is a specialist in the field of energy and antitrust law. 

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

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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