Open Russia’s online forum “Political prisoners 2.0: are there any legal ways to disagree?” (in Russian) will take place at 12:00 PM (Moscow time) on October 29, 2014 – the eve of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions in Russia. You can participate by joining the event and asking the forum expert guests questions on Facebook here.
Unfortunately there will be no simultaneous English translation – the event will be broadcast in Russian only.
Today Mikhail Khodorkovsky is participating in one of the panels of the Forum 2000 conference in Prague titled “Russia: A Non-Democratic Power on the World Stage?” along with Petr Kolář, Former Ambassador to Russia, Czech Republic, Vytautas Landsbergis, Former Head of State, Lithuania, Andrey Zubov, Historian, Russia, and Daniel Baer, Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, USA.
This link for the live feed can be found below. Click here to read Khodorkovsky’s speech during the opening of the conference.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky is scheduled to appear at the upcoming Prague Forum 2000 Conference this evening, titled “Democracy and Its Discontents: A Quarter-Century After the Iron Curtain and Tiananmen.”
“During the Velvet Revolution people used to jingle keys to show that previously locked doors were opening,” says Mikhail Khodorkovsky in regard to his participation in this year’s Forum 2000. “Almost exactly 25 years after those events it is time to evaluate the state of democracy, see how open those doors are and ask which doors in post-communist Europe still need the keys to democracy.”
This year’s conference offers a critical reflection on the period of democratic transformations over the past few decades and naturally the current situation in the Middle East, Venezuela, Ukraine, and Russia will also not be neglected.
“We are really delighted that in this context we have managed to get many important people for the panel debates, including the founder of the Open Russia Foundation Mikhail Khodorkovsky,” says the Executive Director of Forum 2000 Jakub Klepal. “Besides his appearance, with respect to Putin’s Russia, it will undoubtedly be interesting for conference visitors to hear the opinions of the Editor in Chief of the Russian opposition daily Dmitry Muratov, the Russian opposition politician Grigory Yavlinsky, and the former Czech Ambassador to Russia Petr Kolář. One of the most important themes of this year’s conference, which brings together the subject of growing extremism in Europe and the increasingly aggressive behavior of Vladimir Putin, will also be a series of events on the subject of links between the Kremlin and Europe’s extreme right parties. Besides Prague, one of these debates will also take place in cooperation with our Hungarian partners in Budapest.”
The live stream of the conference is below:
Mikhail Khodorkovsky recently appeared at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York for a conversation with George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies Stephen Sestanovich. The video of the event is below.
Speaking in an exclusive two-part interview on the Charlie Rose Show in the United States, Mikhail Khodorkovsky says that Russia is nearing an economic crisis that could fuel an uprising similar to the country’s 1917 revolution.
“I fear that Putin is going to bring the country to a crisis much more quickly than many would like,” said Khodorkovsky. Russia could end up seeing “a repeat of 1917 when a person brings the country to an economic crisis, and we are certainly moving right in that direction.”
Deteriorating economic conditions may spark the sort of discontent that helped put an end to Russia’s Czarist autocracy a century ago, he said, referring to the turmoil that swept the Bolsheviks into power under Vladimir Lenin and led to the creation of the Soviet Union. Russia’s economy is teetering on the brink of recession as international sanctions linked to the conflict in Ukraine stunt growth.
Read more from the interview on Bloomberg and watch Part 1 of the interview here.