The Rule of Law in Russia

Policy Forum
February 2, 2010
1:00PM to 3:00PM EST
1st floor/Wintergarden
Featuring Karinna Moskalenko, International Protection Center, Moscow; and Robert Amsterdam, Amsterdam & Peroff, London. Moderated by Andrei Illarionov, Cato Institute.
A growing number of Russian citizens see their legal system as corrupt and politicized. Karinna Moskalenko, Russia’s leading human rights lawyer, has defended such well-known opponents of the Russian regime as former world chess champion Garry Kasparov and the assassinated former spy Alexander Litvinenko. Together with Robert Amsterdam, she has defended the jailed former head of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Moskalenko and Amsterdam will describe the alarming state of the rule of law in Russia. They will also discuss the role of the European Court of Human Rights—the rulings of which Russia is bound to follow by treaty—in protecting the rights of thousands of Russians who have turned to it in recent years.