The fourth annual conference of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum, FINROSFORUM 2010, will feature a host of speakers from Russia and elsewhere. Read on for brief profiles on all the featured speakers. We invite all participants to take an active part in the discussions. Please remember to register for the conference!BILL BROWDER (Билл Браудер) is CEO and co-founder of the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management. The fund fell victim to “corporate raiding,” in which USD 230mn of its assets were seized by corrupt officials. In November 2008, one of the fund’s lawyers, Sergey Magnitsky, was arrested on charges of tax evasion. A year later, Mr Magnitsky died while still in detention. The Russian government declared Mr Browder a “threat to national security.” FRASER CAMERON (Фрейзер Кэмерон) is Director of the EU-Russia Centre, which is an independent information centre on Russia and EU-Russia relations. Mr Cameron is a former European Commission advisor and well-known policy analyst, author and commentator on EU and international affairs. Also, Mr Cameron is Director of the Brussels-based consultancy consortium, EuroFocus, and Adjunct Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. OKSANA CHELYSHEVA (Оксана Челышева) is member of the board of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, which was refused registration in Russia after being found guilty under Russia’s draconian legislation against “extremism.” The society was then reregistered in Finland. The organisation is active in protecting the rights of Russia’s Chechen minority and promoting interethnic dialogue. YURI DZHIBLADZE (Юрий Джибладзе) is President of the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, a Moscow-based public policy and advocacy NGO that he founded in 1998. Mr Dzhibladze has written several books and articles. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy and a member of the Expert Council of the Human Rights Ombudsman of Russia, as well as several other international and national NGO networks. ALLA GLINCHIKOVA (Алла Глинчикова) is Deputy Director of the Institute for Globalization Studies and Social Movements in Moscow and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Ms Glinchikova is member of the Programme Group of the European Social Forum and member of the steering committee of the East-West Network under the European Parliament. She has worked on many international projects related to questions of democracy and globalisation. PAVEL GUTIONTOV (Павел Гутионтов) is Secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists and Chairman of its Committee on Freedom of Speech. Mr Gutiontov has written for different journals in Russia and abroad, and has published several books. He also teaches journalism at the International University in Moscow. HEIDI HAUTALA (Хейди Хаутала) is Chair of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum. Ms Hautala has been referred to as the Grand Lady of Finnish human rights policy. She is a prominent member of the Finnish Green party and a long-time Member of the European Parliament. Ms Hautala is currently Chair the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights. TATYANA KASATKINA (Татьяна Касаткина) is Executive Director of Human Rights Centre “Memorial” in Moscow. She is one of the foremost experts on human rights in Russia, and has written extensively about the gross violations during the armed conflict in North Caucasus. Memorial was founded to record the Soviet Union’s totalitarian past. Today, the organisation also monitors human rights in Russia. Memorial has often found itself the target of harassment by the authorities, and some of its staff have been killed.
MAGOMED KHAZBIEV (Магомед Хазбиев) is an independent journalist and one of the leaders of the popular opposition movement in the Republic of Ingushetia, in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus. He is editor of the main media outlet of the Ingush opposition, Ingushetiyaru.Org. Mr Khazbiev has faced constant harassment and has been targeted for assassination. Many leaders of the Ingush opposition, including Magomed Yevloyev and Maksharip Aushev, have been assassinated.OLEG KOZLOVSKY (Олег Козловский) is the Moscow Coordinator of the Russian opposition youth movement, Oborona, and member of the Federal Council of the Russian democratic opposition movement, Solidarnost. Mr Kozlovsky received the Human Rights Award 2008 from Human Rights First. His articles in Russian and in English have been published in both print and online.
ANNA-LENA LAURÉN (Анна-Лена Лаурен) is a Finnish journalist and writer. She has worked in Moscow as a correspondent for the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Swedish-language news desk. In 2008, she published a book about her experiences in Russia. The book has been translated both into Russian and Finnish.
MARINA LITVINOVICH (Марина Литвинович) is a prominent member of Russia’s democratic opposition and member of the Executive Committee of The Other Russia coalition. Ms Litvinovich is the co-founder of Mothers of Beslan, a support and advocacy group of parents whose children were among the more than 365 victims of the Beslan school hostage crisis in North Ossetia in 2004.
ARTO LUUKKANEN (Арто Луукканен) is a Finnish historian and social scientist who lectures on Russian and East European Studies at the Department of World Cultures of the University of Helsinki. He has written five books and several articles about Russia. In 1999–2000, Mr Luukkanen was Senior Associated Member at St Antony’s College in Oxford.
JULIA MALYSHEVA (Юлия Малышева) is one of the founding members of the youth wing of former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov’s Russian People’s Democratic Union. She is member of the Federal Political Council of the Russian democratic opposition movement, Solidarnost, and municipal council member in Moscow. Ms Malysheva is one of the organisers of the Marches of Dissent in St Petersburg.
ANDREY NEKRASOV (Андрей Некрасов) is a prized film and TV director from St Petersburg. He is most famous for his documentary films, “Disbelief”, “Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case”, and “Russian Lessons”. Mr Nekrasov is an active member of Russia’s democratic opposition movement.
BORIS NEMTSOV (Борис Немцов) served as Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister in 1997-1998. He is an outspoken critic of the policies of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Mr Nemtsov is a founding member of Russia’s democratic opposition movement, Solidarnost. He has worked as Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s economic advisor. He stood for mayor in local elections in Sochi in 2009.
ELISABETH NORDGREN (Элизабет Нордгрен) is a long-time cultural editor at Finland’s leading Swedish-language daily, Hufvudstadsbladet. She is an active member and former chairperson of the writers’ association, Finnish PEN Centre, and serves as a member of the board of the organisation. Ms Nordgren has edited several literary anthologies and has taken part in numerous meetings of writers from throughout the world.
ELLA PANEYAKH (Элла Панеях) is a sociologist and political scientist, and currently Director of the Institute for the Rule of Law at the European University in St Petersburg. She has done her PhD at Ann Arbor University in Michigan. Ms Paneyakh has published several studies on the problems of doing business in Russia.
ANDREY PIONTKOVSKY (Андрей Пионтковский) is Senior Fellow of the Institute of Systemic Analysis at the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of Russia’s PEN Center, and an active critic of Russia’s current leadership. He is co-author of the political manifesto, “Putin Must Go,” which was published online on 10 March 2010, and has since been signed by more than 50,000 people.
ILYA PONOMARYOV (Илья Пономарев) is Member of the State Duma for the Fair Russia party and Chair of the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Technology, and Communication. Former leading member of Gennady Zyuganov’s Communist Party, Mr Ponomaryov is co-founder and one of the leaders of the Left Front, a coalition of Russian left-wing forces. He is Coordinator for work on innovation legislation at the Institute of Contemporary Development in Moscow.
LEV PONOMARYOV (Лев Пономарев) is one of the central figures in the Russian human rights movement. A member of the Moscow Helsinki Group, he co-founded the Memorial organisation in 1988. Mr Ponomaryov is Director of the human rights movement, For Human Rights. He is member of the Political Council of Russia’s democratic opposition movement, Solidarnost.
ELENA ROSTOVSKAYA (Елена Ростовская) is Deputy Chair of the independent trade union of Finnish paints manufacturer Tikkurila’s factory in St Petersburg. The union has organised several protests against the deteriorating working conditions in the factory. Russia’s independent trade union movement has sprung up as a result of the failure of established unions to defend the interests of their members.
SINIKUKKA SAARI (Синикукка Саари) is Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. She currently focuses on political developments in Russia, Russian foreign policy, the EU’s Eastern Partnership, as well as the role of the Council of Europe and the OSCE. Ms Saari has taught International Relations and Russian Studies at the University of Helsinki and the London School of Economics. MIKAEL STORSJÖ (Мкиаэль Стуршё) is a Finnish entrepreneur, journalist, and civic activist. He is Secretary and member of the board of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum and member of the board of the digital rights advocacy group, Electronic Frontier Finland. Mr Storsjö is a vocal advocate of the right of the Chechen people to decide their own fate and an ardent critic of the ruling regime in Russia.
NILS TORVALDS (Нильс Торвальдс) is Deputy Chairman of the Finland’s Swedish People’s Party and member of the Helsinki City Council. He is a long-time broadcast journalist at the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s (YLE) Swedish-language service. He served as YLE’s correspondent in Moscow in 1995-1999 and later in Washington. Mr Torvalds has written two books about Russia.