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Political Imprisonment in Russia: Motives, Tools, and Trends

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Apr. 23, 2019
3:00pm – 4:00pm


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Political Imprisonment in Russia: Motives, Tools, and Trends

Conservative estimates suggest that there are about 250 political prisoners in Russia today. These prisoners—which include human rights activists, journalists, representatives of religious groups, and many others—have fallen victim to Russia’s vague and highly flexible criminal code. Sergey Davidis, head of the political prisoners support program at the Memorial Human Rights Center, offered his assessment of this situation and an outlook for the future.


Sergey Davidis

Sergey Davidis

Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
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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 expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

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