On May 7th President Putin is inaugurated. He is returning to the Kremlin amidst acrimony over NATO missile defense and a growing domestic political opposition fueled by pervasive corruption and electoral fraud. Protection of basic human rights, including the right to own property, is an important issue for those who hold American values close to heart. In Russia, human and property rights violations are undermining the state and preventing investment and business development. While both Presidents Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, have bitterly complained about the state of affairs but did little to improve things.
Please join our distinguished panel of experts discusses how Moscow is dealing with the protesters and opposition; what weight to give to its anti-American outbursts which blame the United States for opposition support; the Magnitsky Act and its value to focus on human rights in Russia.
More About the Speakers
Karen Dawisha, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science Department of Political Science, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
Nadia M. Diuk, D. Phil (Oxon.)
Vice President, Programs, Europe & Eurasia, Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, National Endowment for Democracy
Konstantin von Eggert
Commentator and Host, Kommersant FM Radio
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, at The Heritage Foundation