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July 5, 2017

The Evolution of Protests in Russia

Henry Jackson Society

The Evolution of Protests in Russia

Time: 18:00-19:00, 5th July 2017

Venue: Committee Room 3, House of Lords,
Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA


Vladimir Ashurkov, Russian Opposition Figure and Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation

Polina Nemirovskaia, Human Rights Researcher at Open Russia

Dr Sam Greene, Director of the Russia Institute at King`s College London

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Over half a decade since Russia’s protest movement petered out in 2011-12, the country’s opposition appears to have remembered how to mobilize dissatisfied Russians. In the first half of 2017, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has witnessed a number of prominent protests, from truckers demonstrating against an unpopular road toll system and youth calling for the resignation of prime minister Dmitry Medvedev to Muscovites protesting a controversial renovation initiative and Russians objecting to a fourth presidential term for Putin.

By kind invitation of Lord Trimble, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to a discussion with Vladimir Ashurkov, of Russia’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, Polina Nemirovskaia, Human Rights Researcher at Open Russia and Dr Sam Greene, Director of King’s Russia Institute. The three speakers, each of who is either an activist or expert on the evolution of Russian protests, will speak to questions like: Are Russia’s recent protests a sign that change is coming? Or are they fated to failure, their only effect the implementation of an additional series of repressive measures? Is a new generation of politically conscious Russians emerging, or are the young people on whom the opposition is staking its future too few to make a difference? As the 2018 presidential election nears, these are questions that must be answered.

VladimirVladimir Ashurkov is a Russian opposition figure currently living in London.  In 2011, he and Alexey Navalny, a prominent figure in the Russian opposition movement, established the non-profit Anti-Corruption Foundation, of which Mr. Ashurkov became the Executive Director.  In 2012, together with several allies, he established the Progress Party, which became the leading Russian opposition party.  In 2014, as a result of politically motivated criminal persecution by Russian authorities, Mr. Ashurkov moved to London, receiving political asylum in 2015.  Mr. Ashurkov continues his civil and political activities in close collaboration with Mr. Navalny and their Moscow team.


PolinaPolina Nemirovskaia is a Human Rights Researcher at the Open Russia Human Rights project. She has participated in the election campaigns of the Russian opposition – including those of Alexei Navalny, Boris Nemtsov, and the Democratic Coalition, in Kostroma – and has been repeatedly detained by the Russian police. Nemirovskaya specialises in protecting prisoners’ rights; she has organised rallies in support of prisoners – both political and ordinary – and has also organised charity auctions in support of the “Bolotnaya case” prisoners. As part of her research into the criminal justice system in Russia she worked in a district court and several human rights NGO’s in Russia.


Dr SamDr Sam Greene is Director of the Russia Institute at King`s College London and senior lecturer in Russian politics. Prior to moving to London in 2012, he lived and worked in Moscow for 13 years, most recently as director of the Centre for the Study of New Media & Society at the New Economic School, and as deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. His book,Moscow in Movement: Power & Opposition in Putin`s Russia, was published in August 2014 by Stanford University Press. Dr Greene holds a PhD in political sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.