A Year of Injustice: The One-year Anniversary of Vladimir Kara-Murza’s Wrongful, Unlawful, and Arbitrary Detention

April 19, 2023
03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

About the Event

One year ago, Vladimir Kara-Murza was arbitrarily detained near his home in Moscow after denouncing Russia’s war on Ukraine. As an outspoken advocate for a free Russia, political opposition leader, journalist, and historian, Kara-Murza has been a courageous promoter of democratic values and fundamental human rights.

Kara-Murza’s almost year-long pretrial detention has faced multiple extensions as increasingly serious charges have been brought against him, including “spreading false information” for speaking freely about the atrocities of Putin’s regime. With recent news of Kara-Murza’s deteriorating health in prison, the need for his immediate release has become even more urgent. We must continue to speak out about Kara-Murza and the around 600 other political prisoners in Russia today.

The Free Russia Foundation, George W. Bush Institute, Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign, Human Rights First, McCain Institute, National Endowment for Democracy, Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights, and the Reagan Institute have been working to advocate for Kara-Murza’s release and accountability for those involved in his persecution. This event brought together experts, activists, and policymakers to discuss Kara-Murza’s current detention, mechanisms for his release, and the prospects for a free and democratic Russia.

About the Speakers

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland)
U.S. Senator for Maryland

Senator Richard Durbin (D-Illinois)
U.S. Senator for Illinois

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)
U.S. Senator for South Carolina

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) 
U.S. Senator for Rhode Island

Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi)
U.S. Senator for Mississippi

Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee)
9th District of Tennessee, U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Bill Keating (D-Massachusetts)
9th Congressional District of Massachusetts, U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts)
2nd District of Massachusetts, U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia)
10th District of Virginia, U.S. House of Representatives

Evgenia Kara-Murza, keynote remarks
Activist and Spouse of Vladimir Kara-Murza

Ekaterina “Katya” Kara-Murza, keynote remarks
Daughter of Vladimir Kara-Murza

H.E.Māris Selga
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the United States of America

Jack McCain
Reserve Aviator, U.S. Navy

Natalia Arno
President, Free Russia Foundation

Annie Boyajian
Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, Freedom House

Bill Browder
Founder, Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign

Ellen Bork
Fellow, George W. Bush Institute

Irwin Cotler
International Chair, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

Evelyn Farkas
Executive Director, McCain Institute

Rachel Hoff 
Policy Director, Ronald Reagan Institute

David Hoffman
Journalist, Editorial Board, Washington Post

Adam Keith
Director for Accountability, Human Rights First

Damon Wilson
President and CEO, National Endowment for Democracy

Image courtesy of Free Russia Foundation.