Human rights in the new Putin era

In May 2012, Vladimir Putin became President of Russia again. Since then, a series of laws that impede the work of human rights defenders have been adopted, and in the North Caucasus the human rights violations continue. Civil Rights Defenders have gathered some of the most prominent experts on the North Caucasus to talk about how human rights are affected by Vladimir Putin’s return to Presidency.


Stig Fredrikson, former Moscow correspondent for SVT and Russia Analyst, Svetlana Reiter, Russian journalist who has gained wide attention for her articles in a time of politicisation of journalism and social tensions, Katya Sokirianskaya, Researcher for the International Crisis Group and the leading Russian expert on the North Caucasus.


Benedicte Berner, Media Analyst with a focus on Russia and Vice Chair, Civil Rights Defenders Board.

Introductory speeches by:

The Per Anger Prize laurate 2012 Sapiyat Magomedova, human rights lawyer from Dagestan, Robert Hårdh, Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders, and Loreen, winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

Watch the introductory speeches and the presentations from the panel (note, Sapiyat Magomedovas’ speech is in Russian):

Location: Mannheimer Swartling, Norrlandsgatan 21, Stockholm.
Time: Tuesday 6 November at 15.30 – 18.00

Language: English with simultaneous translation into Russian.

The seminar is full. You can no longer register to participate.

The panel conversation is followed by a mingle from 18:00 to 19:30. During this session there will be time for individual conversations and interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact Natasha Jevtic Esbjörnson, Head of Communications at Civil Rights Defenders, 0709-14 63 43.

This event is a part of the Stockholm Process, which aims to increase awareness among decision makers about the continuing human rights violations in the North Caucasus, and to empower the brave human rights defenders in the region who are under constant pressure because of their work. The main event within the programme is the North Caucasus conference held every autumn in Stockholm since 2009. Together with 20 of the key human rights defenders from the region, Civil Rights Defenders develop strategies to improve their security and plan for the future cooperation.

Categories: Uncategorized.
Tags: Benedicte Berner, North Caucasus conference, Sapiyat Magomedova, Stockholm process, and Vladimir Putin.
Regions: Russia, Sweden, and The North Caucasus.