Democracy and Dissent: A Decade of Decline in Russia and the Former Soviet Union

Findings from Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual assessment of democratic development in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, reveal in elaborate detail the extent of the democratic slide.  As part of the release of findings from Nations in Transit 2010, experts will analyze the increasingly difficult challenges to democratic reform in Russia.
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Press Conference
Presentation of Nations in Transit findings
Overview: Christopher Walker, Freedom House
Focus on Kyrgyzstan: Erica Marat
Focus on Ukraine: Alexander Motyl
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
PANEL: The Rising Costs of Russia’s Authoritarianism
A decade of closed, centralized governance has brought with it a number of important consequences that have implications both for Russia’s domestic policy and how it relates to the outside world. This panel will explore the opportunity cost of deepening authoritarianism for Russian society.
Oleg Kozlovsky
Vladimir Milov
Robert Orttung
Moderated by: Alexander Motyl