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FINROSFORUM 2010 | Modernisation: From Words to Deeds

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.




The fourth annual conference of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum, FINROSFORUM 2010, brings together a host of experts on human rights, politics, and the economy from Russia and elsewhere. The conference will be held in the Conference and Cultural Centre Sofia in Helsinki on 21-22 July 2010. The conference venue is located on the picturesque cape of Kallahdenniemi in Helsinki’s eastern district of Vuosaari.

The first day of the conference will focus on Russia’s need to modernise its political and economic system. Taking part in the discussion will be Boris Nemtsov, Russia’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Ilya Ponomaryov, member of Russia’s State Duma, Andrey Piontkovsky, Russian scientist and political analyst, Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, and many others. The full list of speakers is available on our website.

The second day of the conference will be devoted to a discussion about the need to create new forms of civil society cooperation between the EU and Russia. A project to establish an EU-Russia Civil Society Forum [pdf] will be presented at the forum. Leading actors in Russia’s human rights movement and civic society have been invited to take part in the discussion. Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Russia Centre, and Heidi Hautala, Chair of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum, will present the project.

The conference is open to the public and participation in the event is free of charge. Registration for the conference is open at http://finrosforum.fi/pages/registration.

We have prebooked 20 rooms at the Conference and Cultural Centre Sofia for those who wish to stay overnight at the conference venue at their own expense. (The rate is EUR 64 per room or EUR 32 per person per night.) Please inform us by 15 July 2010 at the latest if you wish to take advantage of this possibility. The rooms will be reserved on a “first-come, first-served” basis. After that, please contact Sofia directly.

All the rates include a buffet breakfast, evening sauna, and a possibility to take a dip in Sofia’s indoor swimming pool. Parking at the centre carries no extra charge. Those guests who have registered for the conference can purchase coupons for lunch and dinner to be served at Sofia’s restaurant. The cultural centre houses an Orthodox chapel, where morning and evening services are held daily. Sofia hosts a permanent exhibition of church art and icons.

Other accommodation establishments nearby include Hotel Vuoranta and Conference Hotel Rantapuisto. Rastila Camping has cottages for families and a hostel for budget travellers. Vuosaari is located in the eastern part of the city of Helsinki, some 15 km from the city centre. You can take the metro to Vuosaari and then a taxi to Sofia. Please consult a detailed map and arrival instructions here.

We invite all interested parties to attend FINROSFORUM 2010. The conference is an important forum for civil society cooperation and an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about the challenges facing Russia and her relations with the international community. We encourage all participants to take an active part in the discussions. Please register to take part in the conference!

Part of this year’s conference will be broadcast live over the internet (full details to follow); you can also follow the conference on Twitter. Any queries regarding the event and the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum should be addressed to finrosforum@finrosforum.fi. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.



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