(left) and Vladimir Kara-Murza
They included Lyudmila Alekseeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group; Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management; Anna Karetnikova of the Council of the Human Rights Center "Memorial;" Mikhail Kasyanov, co-leader of the Republican Party of Russia-People's Freedom Party and a former Russian prime minister; Vadim Klyuvgant, a lawyer for Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Nikolai Kavkazsky; Vladimir Kara-Murza, IMR senior policy advisor and a member of the Coordinating Council of the Russian opposition; and Pavel Khodorkovsky, president of the IMR.
focused on the recent history of political repressions in Russia, recalling cases from his father's arrest in 2003 to criminal charges against Alexei Navalny in 2012.
"The story of Putin's
Russia, from Khodorkovsky
to Navalny, is a story of political prisoners," the IMR president noted.
"It's not that Western liberal democracy is no good for Russia, it's simply that Western liberal democracy is no good for Vladimir Putin," Khodorkovsky
"I'm convinced that change in Russia can only come from within.
But Europe has a strong role to play by helping to shape and support developments in Russia," he
said, suggesting that the EU should dramatically increase its financial and moral support for civil society organizations in Russia.
: "I'm convinced that change in Russia can only come from within.