Anti-war Activists, Experts and Politicians from Russia and Europe Unite to Oppose Putin's Regime
A three-day Free Russia congress has opened in Vilnius, bringing together Russians and representatives of European international organisations and NGO's who openly oppose Russian military aggression.
Among the speakers and guests of the congress are writers Viktor Shenderovich and Dmitry Bykov, public figures and businessmen Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Leonid Nevzlin, Alfred Koch and Yevgeny Chichvarkin, politician and chess player Garry Kasparov, politician Dmitry Gudkov, economists Sergey Guriev, Vladislav Inozemtsev, Mikhail Krutikhin, Konstantin Sonin and Sergey Aleksashenko, journalist Konstantin Eggert, political scientist Alexander Morozov and many others.
International politicians and businessmen also take part in the Congress — Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks; former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves; Ukrainian presidential adviser Alexey Arestovich; Hermitage Capital Management founder Bill Browder; former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul; and Thomas Erndl, vice chairman of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee.
The purpose of this Congress is to unite the efforts of the most active anti-war part of Russian society and the free western world in support to Ukraine and in opposition to Vladimir Putin's regime.