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Saturday, October 29 • 19:00 - 20:30
Russian civil society: visions for the future (special appearances by Teatr Doc)

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Conditions are getting rougher every day for the Russian civil society. However, many respond to the Kremlin’s crackdown on NGOs and media using creative forms of expression and forming new alliances. Join us for debate, activist art and solidarity!


Russian authorities' resistance to political cooperation across national borders is becoming a threat to Russian civil society organizations (NGO’s). New Russian legislation is a direct attack on the Russian human rights movement and leads to curtailing of the Russian civil society. People who have previously been able to raise their voices and speak freely, are now being gagged by Russian legislation. As a result of this we have in recent years seen an increasing number of political prisoners in Russia. Currently over 100 activists are jailed. These are people who are working with environmental activism, women's rights, LGBTI activism and other political activism.

With this seminar Nature and Youth (Natur og Ungdom) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (Helsingforskomiteen) would like to elucidate how activism in Russia is being challenged and how some people refuse to give up and keep on fighting for what they believe is right. To the seminar we have invited Russian lawyer Aleksander Popkov  and Anna Dobrovolskaya from The Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM)to talk about how activists work under such conditions and how they are continuously seeking new forms of cooperation and new forms of activism. In the second half of the seminar you will be able to watch a play a by Teatr Doc.

Teatr Doc is a russian drama company located in Moscow. Their work is political and critical, but they believe in freedom of expression. This has caused the authorities to take action. In late 2014 they were evicted from their location and a special anti-extremism police division charged them with a case of extremism. The theater had been screening clips from a documentary on the political turmoil and bloodshed in Ukraine. Fortunately, the charges were dropped and they found a new place in a former fish shop. At Globaliseringskonferansen they will show us a play based on interviews with human right activist, reflecting the unvarnished reality of everyday life in Russia.

Aleksander Popkov has been working with activists from a legal perspective through an International Human Rights Group called Agora. Agora consists of 50 lawyers defending activists who are being prosecuted by Russian authorities. Some of Popkovs clients are Hennadiy Afanasyev, a Crimean activist convicted and sentenced to jail on the charges of plotting a terrorist act, and Yevgeny Vitishko, an environmentalist who was jailed because he spoke up about the ecological disaster in the wake of the Sochi Olympics. Popkov  also represented two of the members of Pussy Riot, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova. In 2014 Agora was also charged under the “Foreign Agent law”, but this does not mean their work has stopped in any way. They are still working with protecting those who are suffering from human rights violations.

Since 2007, Anna Dobrovolskaya (Youth Human Rights Movement) has been working with creating awareness about human rights in Russia. She has been working with human rights schools educating young and old about their rights and creating a place where they can feel safe to speak freely. She has been training people to go to court, to observe the police working, to help with research. So that they will be prepared to act in a situation when their or others’ rights are violated. The YHRM focuses on offering solidarity, collaboration and the understanding of our common challenges.

The legal framework for this prosecution, and background for this seminar,  is the "Foreign Agent law" of 2012, which imposes non-commercial organizations involved in political activity and receiving funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents". This term is a holdover from the Soviet era, where it was used to ostracize dissidents who criticized the government. This labeling implicitly links the organizations in question to treason and espionage, and there is little doubt that the intent of the law is to destroy the NGO’s reputation and create distrust of them among people and in society.

The "Foreign Agent Law" is in conflict with international human rights and the Russian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of association. This law is just one of several new laws in Russia with a broad scope and unspecific definitions, with the intention to silence the civil society. This means that the government can use these laws when it suits them, against almost anyone. Activists are living in constant uncertainty about if the laws will affect them, and if so, when.

We would like to encourage anyone who can to come, and show solidarity with people in an extremely pressing, but not hopeless, situation!

Arrangør: Natur og Ungdoms Russlandsprosjekt og the Norwegian Helsinki Committee

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Anna Dobrovolskaya

Since 2007, Anna Dobrovolskaya has been working with creating awareness about human rights in Russia. She has been working with human rights schools educating young and old about their rights and creating a place where they can feel safe to speak freely. She has been training people... Read More →
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Teatr Doc

Teatr Doc is a russian drama company located in Moscow. Their work is political and critical, but they believe in freedom of expression. This has caused the authorities to take action. In late 2014 they were evicted from their location and a special anti-extremism police division... Read More →
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Aleksander Popkov

Aleksander Popkov has been working with activists from a legal perspective through an International Human Rights Group called Agora. Agora consists of 50 lawyers defending activists who are being prosecuted by Russian authorities. Some of Popkovs clients are Hennadiy Afanasyev, a... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 19:00 - 20:30 CEST
Folkets hus, sal A Youngs gate 11
  Kultur, English, Seminar
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  • Arrangør Natur og Ungdoms Russlands prosjekt and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee

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