May 17th, 2010

Panel Discussion:The Khodorkovsky Trial – Human Rights and Economic Freedom in Russia May 18

Leading human rights and legal experts discuss the implications of the Khodorkovsky trial on political and economic freedom in Russia at a panel discussion held in conjunction with the US debut of Sketches of [in]Justice: The Khodorkovsky Trial from Putin to Medvedev.

"Territory of Liberty" by Julia Aryeh

Panel Discussion: The Khodorkovsky Trial – Human Rights and Economic Freedom in Russia

Venue: Dorot Center, 171 West 85th Street, New York, NY

Date: Tuesday, May 18th at 3pm

Sponsors: Committee for Russian Economic Freedom, Andrei Sakharov Memorial Museum, Institute of Modern Russia and Drawing the Court

The ongoing trial in Moscow of Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky symbolizes the challenges all Russians face as they seek to build a society free of fear and corruption. In conjunction with the US premier of Sketches of (in)justice: The Khodorkovsky Trial from Putin to Medvedev, the Institute of Modern Russia is sponsoring a panel discussion in which leading human rights and legal experts will discuss the case’s social, political and economic implications.


Panelists will include Karinna Moskalenko, director of the International Protection Center and notable expert on international human rights who will provide an update on international human rights advances in the US Congress and other legislatures. Additionally, Ms. Moskalenko will provide context to YUKOS v Russia a pivotal international case currently being deliberated in the European Court of Human Rights. She testified before the US Congress on May 6 about Russia’s human rights transgressions.

Sergei Lukashevsky Director of the Andrei Sakharov Center (Moscow) will discuss the human rights situation in Russia specifically and the latest efforts by the Sakharov Center to preserve historical memory of the victims of political repression at the hands of the Soviet regime and promote an open democratic society and state in Russia. Mary Holland, NYU Law’s Director of the LL.M. Lawyering Program, will provide a legal context for recent legal developments in post-Communist Eurasian countries and its impact on efforts in the region to improve human rights. Pavel Khodorkovsky, president of the Institute of Modern Russia will discuss how his organization will continue the efforts of his father who strived to modernize Russia through education and opportunities for young people.

Moderating the panel is Pavel Ivlev, chairman of the Committee for Russian Economic Freedom (CREF) and a long-time legal counsel to YUKOS and its former CEO, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who fled to New York from Russia under fear of unjust prosecution. Through his efforts and the CREF organization, Mr. Ivlev has raised the awareness of the risks of doing business in Russia and how the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky would be a signal to the international investment community at Russia is back in business.

Admission: Free and open to the public.
General Information: Dorot Center, 171 West 85th Street, New York, New York, 212-769-2850.