The February 2015 assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was only the latest and most dramatic example of the political violence that has been central to the Putin regime since its inception. During a week marking both 57 years since Nemtsov’s birth and the tenth anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the NED will memorialize Nemtsov, Politkovskaya, and the other victims of political violence in Russia with an event featuring the screening of a short film about Nemtsov’s assassination, followed by a panel discussion of the implications of political violence for the future of Russia and the Putin regime.
Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University
Filmmaker, journalist, and Russian opposition author
Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives
Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia, The National Endowment for Democracy
President, National Endowment for Democracy
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Maria Snegovaya is a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Politics and Statistical Methods at Columbia University, working on the sources of support for populist parties in Eastern Europe. She is also the author of a biweekly column at the Russian business daily Vedomosti and a regular contributor to publications including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The New Republic, and The National Interest. Ms. Snegovaya travels frequently to Russia and Ukraine, and her journalism focuses mainly on Russia’s internal and external affairs, the nuances of the Russian political system, Ukraine’s domestic situation, and Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Leonid Martynyuk is a Russian opposition author, video producer, and journalist. He is a member of the political councils of the Solidarnost opposition movement and a former member of the political councils of the People’s Freedom Party. He is a co-author with Boris Nemtsov of the reports, “The Life of a Galley Slave (Palaces, Yachts, Cars, Planes and Other Accessories),” “Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics: Corruption and Abuse in Sochi,” and “Putin. War.” Mr. Martynyuk is also the creator of a YouTube channel titled “The Lies of Putin’s Regime,” which has amassed over 36 million views on its videos.
Kyle Parker is a member of the senior professional staff of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives where he oversees the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Prior to his service in Congress, Kyle spent eight years on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe focusing on democracy, rule of law, and human rights in the post-Soviet space.
Miriam Lanskoy is Senior Director of Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy. She has testified before Congress, been interviewed on NPR, and appeared on PBS’ Newshour, in addition to publishing articles in several professional publications such as the Journal of Democracy, SAIS Review, and Fletcher Forum. In 2010, she published her first book, The Chechen Struggle: Independence Won and Lost, with former Foreign Minister of Chechnya Ilyas Akhmadov.
Carl Gershman is President of the National Endowment for Democracy, where he presides over the Endowment’s grants programs and has overseen the creation of the quarterly Journal of Democracy, the International Forum for Democratic Studies, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program, and the World Movement for Democracy.