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Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
Media Contact: Shelly
September 22, 2011


WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) announced the following briefing:

Russia’s Upcoming Elections and the Struggle for Public and Competitive Politics

Thursday, September 22, 2011

2:00 p.m.

210 Cannon House Office Building

In less than three months Russia will elect a national parliament and soon after a president. With liberal opposition parties disqualified or disinterested, a highly-controlled national media, and ongoing squabbles over international observation, many see the outcome as a foregone and negative conclusion. Please join us for an assessment of the campaign season, thoughts on possible outcomes, and a discussion on why we should care and what we can do.


Leon Aron, Director of Russian Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Member of the federal political council of the Russian democratic opposition movement Solidarity


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