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"For Your Freedom and Ours": Remembering the Red Square Protest of August 1968

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In August 1968, a group of eight individuals walked out on to the Red Square in Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Their act of moral courage became a guiding light for Soviet dissidents and post-Soviet protest leaders. The event will take a look at the Soviet dissident and protest movement through the eyes of Pavel Litvinov, one of the participants of the August 1968 demonstration, Zhanna Nemtsova, and Professor Benjamin Nathans.


  • Pavel Litvinov

    Human Rights Activist; Soviet-era Dissident and Red Square Protester
  • Zhanna Nemtsova

    Founder, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom; Journalist, Deutsche Welle
  • Benjamin Nathans

    Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania