The first ever meeting of the Forum of Free Russia took place on March 9–10, in Vilnius, Lithuania. It was a unique public event, featuring a direct dialogue between Russian political emigrants and oppositional activists still residing in Russia. Such a conference would be impossible to hold in present-day Russia. And indeed, many of its exile participants are afraid to return to their home country for fear of political persecution (Grani.ru, March 9).
More than 200 people participated in the Forum. Several thematic sessions were organized on various aspects of the current situation in Russia, including human rights activities, the fight …read more
Source: The Jamestown Foundation