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Anti-Extremism Policies in Russia and How they Work in Practice

Alexander Verkhovsky, Director, SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, Moscow and Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy examines the public demand for tough state response to sensitive issues in anti-extremist legislation, as illustrated with examples from current law enforcement practice.

Date & Time

Monday
Jan. 14, 2013
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

Anti-extremist legislation in contemporary Russia has become notorious for its vagueness and frequent misuse. Why is this the case? In addition to authoritarian political rule, a wide range of other factors come into play in connection with the law being abused and misused. They include public demand for tough state response to sensitive problems, widespread ethnic and religious prejudices, bureaucratic inertia, counter-productive approaches in academic and broader expert community, etc. All of the above factors can be illustrated by specific examples from current law enforcement practice.

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Alexander Verkhovsky

Director, SOVA Center for Information and Analysis
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region through research and exchange.  Read more

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