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Russian Rule-of-Law Abuses to Be Examined at Upcoming Helsinki Commission Hearing

Security, Economic, Human Rights Violations by the Russian Government under Scrutiny
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:

“Russian Violations of the Rule of Law: How Should the U.S. Respond? 3 Case Studies”

Wednesday, October 21
2:00 PM
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2255

Live Webcast: http://bit.ly/1VRaf3G

The actions of the Russian government have raised questions about Russia’s failure to respect its commitment to the rule of law in the areas of military security, commerce, and laws bearing on human rights – each corresponding to one of the three dimensions of security established by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).  

Using the Helsinki Final Act as a basis for discussion, the hearing will focus on security violations of the Budapest Memorandum; the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Open Skies, Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaties, and the Vienna Document.  Regarding international legal and commercial agreements such as the Energy Charter Treaty, the New York Convention and bilateral investment treaties the hearing will review developments in the Yukos Oil case.  On human rights, it will inquire into cases of abduction/unjust imprisonment, torture, and abuse, including those of Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, and Eston Kover.  

The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:

  • Vladimir Kara-Murza, Coordinator, Open Russia Movement
  • Alan Larson, Senior International Policy Advisor with Covington & Burlington LLP, former Under Secretary of State for Economics and Career Ambassador, U.S. State Department     
  • Tim Osborne, Executive Director of GML Ltd. - the majority owner of the now liquidated Yukos Oil Company
  • Stephen Rademaker, Principal with the Podesta Group, Former Assistant Secretary of State for the U.S. State Department Bureau of Arms Control and the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
Media contact: 
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Stacy Hope
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