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FINROSFORUM 2010 | Helsinki 21-22 July 2010


The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM) promotes cooperation between the peoples of Finland and Russia by supporting civic initiatives for democracy, human rights, and free speech.

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The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum will hold its fourth annual conference, FINROSFORUM 2010, on 21-22 July 2010 at the Conference and Cultural Centre Sofia in Helsinki.

The main theme of this year’s conference is “Modernisation: From Rhetoric to Action,” with a focus on Russia’s economy, politics, and media. The second day of the conference will be devoted to a discussion about the need to create new forms for civil society cooperation between the EU and Russia and a plan to establish an EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

FINROSFORUM 2010 will bring together a large group of Russian and other European civil society actors as well as representatives of Russia’s democratic opposition. Press conferences will be held during the event; more details will be published later in July 2010. The preliminary programme for the conference is available on our website.

Several prominent human rights defenders and opposition activists from Russia have confirmed their participation at FINROSFORUM 2010, including Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Oksana Chelysheva, Yuri Dzhibladze, Oleg Kozlovsky, Marina Litvinovich, Andrey Nekrasov, Andrey Piontkovsky, Ilya Ponomarev, and Lev Ponomarev. We expect to receive more confirmations shortly.

Several civil society actors and Russia experts from outside Russia will attend the conference, including Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Russia Centre, and William Browder, CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management. The conference will be chaired by Heidi Hautala, Chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights.

The conference is open to the public and participation at the event is free of charge. The Conference and Cultural Centre Sofia has both basic rooms and apartments. There are other alternatives nearby, including Hotel Vuoranta and Conference Hotel Rantapuisto. Rastila Camping has cottages for families and a hostel for budget travellers.

Please register for FINROSFORUM 2010 at http://finrosforum.fi/pages/registration.

The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum was established in January 2007 by a group of people concerned about the development of human rights and the erosion of democracy in Russia. Our organisation supports civic initiatives for democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech. More information is available at www.finrosforum.fi.

Press inquiries:

Heidi Hautala
Chair
Finnish-Russian Civic Forum
heidi.hautala@finrosforum.fi

Kerkko Paananen
Information Secretary
Finnish-Russian Civic Forum
kerkko.paananen@finrosforum.fi


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