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Seminar: Russia in Asian-European Context

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.




Russia is geographically, culturally, and politically situated in-between Europe and Asia — sometimes being included in Europe, sometimes counted as part of Asia. What challenges does this bring for Russia’s participation in civil society activities within the Asia-Europe context? What is the space in Russia for civil society movements and their participation in international NGO work?

AEPF Finland and Peace Union of Finland will hold a seminar on these questions on 4 October 2013 in Helsinki. Speakers include Markku Kivinen, director of Helsinki University’s Aleksanteri Institute, Ella Polyakova, chairman of the human rights organisation “Soldiers’ Mothers of St Petersburg”, Finnish MEP Tarja Cronberg, Anuradha Chenoy of AEPF India, and others.

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