Russia's Political Prisoners: State Rationale for Criminal Persecution

April 23, 2019, 3:00-4:00pm (RSVP required)
5th Floor Conference Room, Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

Join the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute for a talk with Sergey Davidis, head of the political prisoners support program at the Memorial Human Rights Center, on political prisoners in contemporary Russia. 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 will offer his assessment of this situation and an outlook for the future. RSVP is required.


Sergey Davidis, head of the political prisoners support program, Memorial Human Rights Center; Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Kennan Institute