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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Russia

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 2:00pm
Room 1300 of the Longworth House Office Building


In May 2012, Vladimir Putin was re-elected president after mass protests over alleged electoral fraud in the December 2011 parliamentary elections. Since that time, the human rights situation in Russia has continued to steadily deteriorate. Anti-government protests have been met with a series of repressive laws restricting freedom of expression and association. Civil society is experiencing a crackdown, while opposition figures and human rights defenders are facing frequent harassment and intimidation. There has been little progress in investigating and prosecuting attacks on journalists and whistleblowers, while violence and impunity in Russia’s restive North Caucasus region remain a major problem.

In addition to assessing these systematic human rights abuses in Russia, this hearing will evaluate U.S. policy towards the country.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Member of Congress and Co-Chair TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf Member of Congress and Co-Chair TLHRC


Panel I

  • Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

Panel II

  • Ms. Susan Corke, Director for Eurasia Programs, Freedom House
  • Mr. William Browder, Chief Executive Director, Hermitage Capital Management
  • Ms. Tanya Lokshina, Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch (Moscow)
  • Ms. Fatima Tlisova, Correspondent, Voice of America's Russian Service

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Human Rights in Russia 
Ms. Susan Corke, Human Rights in Russia 
Mr. William Browder, Human Rights in Russia 
Ms. Tanya Lokshina, Human Rights in Russia 
Ms. Fatima Tlisova, Human Rights in Russia







112th Congress