Conference Schedule

 

 
Friday, May 20, 2011
 
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:00 Opening
Welcoming addresses to the conference participants.
Moderator: Sergey Lukashevsky (Sakharov Center)
     Elena Bonner, Tatiana Yankelevich, Alexey Semenov (via Nina Bouis, American Sakharov Foundation)
     Karel Schwarzenberg, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
     Thomas Hammarberg, Commissionaire               for Human Rights at the Council of Europe
     Vladimir Lukin,                Commissionaire for Human Rights of Russia
     Mikhail Fedotov, Head of the President’s Council on Human Rights
     Mikhail               Gorbachev, Former president of the USSR, Nobel peace prize laureate (1990) (via Olga Zdravomyslova, Gorbachev Foundation)
     Navanethem Pillay, The UN high commissionaire for Human Rights (via Dirk Hebecker OHCHR Human Rights advisor, Moscow)
     Mikhail Khodorkovsky (via lawyer)
     Carroll Bogert,                Deputy Director, External Relations Executive, Human Rights Watch
     Ludmilla Alexeyeva, Moscow Helsinki Group
     Steve Crawshaw, Amnesty International
     Arseny Roginsky, International Memorial
 
10:00-14:15   Plenary Session: “Sakharov: Intelligent Realist and in the Irrational World of the 20th Century”
Moderators: Arseny Roginsky (International Memorial), Ludmilla Alexeyeva (Moscow Helsinki Group)
Speakers:          
     Karel Schwarzenberg (Czech Republic), Minister of Foreign Affairs. An Andrei Sakharov’s Campaign Today
     Tomas Hammarberg, Commissionaire for Human Rights at the Council of Europe The Relevance of Andrei Sakharov's Message on Human Rights in Today's World
 
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
 
11:00-12:00 Press-briefing
 
Plenary Session (cont.):
Speakers:          
     Sergey                 Kovalev, Chairman of Andrei Sakharov foundation, former Commissionaire for Human Rights of Russia Pragmatic Idealism According to Sakharov: Scientific Integrity and Moral Imperative.
     Tadeusz Mazowiecki (Poland), Advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland
     Jeremy                J. Stone (USA),                 Former president of the Federation of American Scientists (1970-2000). Head of Catalytic Diplomacy (non-profit organization). A Patriotic War Against Corruption. In The Memory of Andrei Sakharov
     Jens Georg Reich (Max-Delbruck-Center of Molecular Medicine. Humboldt University. Berlin, Germany) Andrey Sakharov - and the Responsibility of the Scientist in the Post-Cold-War Epoch
     David Holloway (USA),Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Associate at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University. Facing the Challenge of Nuclear Weapons
     Tomas Venclova (USA), Professor at Yale University, poet, one of the founders of Lithuanian Helsinki Group. On Sakharov and Lithuania
 
14:15-15:30   Lunch (Red & White restaurant, lobby level)
15:30-19:00   Panel Discussions
16:45-17:00 Coffee break
1. Today’s Russian Politics and the Legacy of Andrei SakharovPanel discussion for Russian political activists
- Who was Sakharov in civic and political life in the USSR in the late 1980s - a politician or a humanitarian thinker, dissident, and civic figure?
- Can we speak of Sakharov’s political experience, how relevant is it to today’s politics?
Participants: Leaders of the registered and unregistered political parties, civic organizations and movements (Vladimir Ryzhkov, Grigory Yavlinsky, Vladimir Milov, Garry Kasparov, Georgy Bovt, Boris Nemtsov, Jury Pivovarov, Dmitry Gudkov, Lev Ponomarev, Ilya Ponomarev etc.)
Moderator: Konstantin Eggert (“Kommersant FM” Radio)
 
2. Whom Sakharov Would Have Defended Today?
- Who are the “political prisoners” and the “prisoners of conscience” of today?
- The political prisoner in Soviet and post-Soviet era: what has changed?
- Should we separate out “prisoners of conscience” or “political prisoners” from other groups of citizens given the general background of the oppressive justice system?
- The North Caucasus as a special “territory of lawlessness”. How can the North Caucasus be returned to the context of Russian law?
Participants: Anna Stavitskaya, Steve Crawshow, Henry Reznik, Ernst Cherny, Jury Ryzhov, Jury Dzhibladze, Valery Panushkin, Alexander Cherkasov, Grigory Shvedov, Olga Allenova, Frederike Behr, Varvara Pakhomenko, Anna Karetnikova, Carroll Bogert, Oleg Orlov, Igor Kalyapin, Elena Ryabinina, Anita Soboleva etc.
Moderator: Sergey Nikitin, Amnesty International - Russia, Tatiana Lokshina, Human Rights Watch Moscow Office
Co-organiser: Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International
 
3. "Future of Russia : Role of the Constitution and the Rule of Law"
- What role does the Constitution play in the current Russian political and legal realm? What are the limits of its influence? Could “Sakharov’s Constitution” have saved the USSR?
- The mutual influence of legal institutions and traditional values under various historical and social conditions
- The rule of law: ideal or reality? Is there an alternative to the rule of law in a country with legal nihilism?
Participants: Tamara Morschakova, Mikhail Krasnov, Alexander Auzan, Boris Zolotukhin, Anatatoly Kononov, Leonid Mamut, Georgy Satarov, Leonid Batkin, Viktor Sheinis, Grigory Yavlinsky, Oleg Rumyantsev, Svetlana Ayvazova, Vyacheslav Igrunov, Vladimir Pribylovsky, Anita Soboleva etc.
Moderator: Vyacheslav Bakhmin (Moscow Helsinki Group, Andrei Sakharov Foundation - Moscow)
19:00-21:00 Buffet
Saturday, May 21, 2011
 
 
10.00 Panel Discussions I
1. Russia and the World – A View From Abroad
Panel discussion for foreign experts
Keynote speaker: Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Moderator: Fedor Lukianov, Russia in Global Affairs, editor in chief
Invited: Tomas Venclova (USA), Antonina Bouis (USA), Adam Michnik (Poland), David Holloway (USA), Pavel Litvinov (USA), Tadeusz Mazowiecki (Poland), Mark Kramer (USA), Jens Georg Reich (Germany), Richard Wilson (USA), Scott Horton (USA)etc.
 
2. Human Rights and Public Security
      A secure social environment and/or personal rights and liberties; values, priorities, mechanisms
      Can human rights “remain whole” upon encountering Realpolitik? What will come in place of the “Helsinki” paradigm?
      Russian society and relevant problems of public danger. Reform of the law-enforcement agencies (police) - what is the result?
Co-organiser: Public Verdict Foundation
Moderator: Natalia Taubina, Public Verdict Foundation, Director
Invited: Boris Dubin, Dmitry Dubrovsky, Alexander Verkhovsky, Andrey Ryzhov, Tatiana Lokshina, Sergey Nikitin, Asmik Novikova, Oleg Orlov, Anna Sevortian, Alexander Sungurov, Alexander Cherkasov, Carroll Bogert, Steve Crawshaw etc.
 
3. Choosing History
      Historical memory and historical policy. Debates about history in the 1960s and today.
      Gaps in history and mass consciousness. The place of memory.
      Russia and Ukraine: war of memories. School textbooks. Young people on the past.
Co-organiser: International Memorial
Moderators:    Arseny Roginsky, International Memorial
Irina Scherbakova, International Memorial
Invited: Lev Gudkov, Alexander Daniel, Dmitry Kokorin, Andrey Portnov, Jan Raczinski, Nikita Sokolov, Viktor Shmyrov etc.
 
11.45-12.00 Coffee break
12.00 Panel Discussions (cont.)
 
14.00-15.00 Lunch (Red & White Restaurant, lobby level)
 
15.00 Panel Discussions II
 
4. Globalization or Convergence According to Sakharov: a New World Order, Degradation of Humankind and Limits of Development
      Crisis of the foundations and system of international law. Humanitarian intervention and the obligation to protect versus state sovereignty. Is a world order possible: models, norms, institutions.
      New global challenges, threats and alliances. Disarmament and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
      Limits of development in the XXI century. Ecology and climate, “new” energy in the post-industrial world, super-consumption or self-limitation.
 
Moderators:    Valentin Gefter, Human Rights Institute
Sergey Karaganov, Head of Council for Foreign and Defence Policy
 
Invited: Sergey Kovalev, Frantisek Janouch, Vladislav Inozemtsev, Anatoly Adamishin, Mark Kramer, Alexey Kokorin, Alexander Obolonsky, Arkady Dubnov, Evgueny Miasnikov etc.
 
5. Religious and Secular (In)Tolerance and Human Rights
      How to regard the fact that the concepts of “insult of the feelings of believers” and “defamation of religion” are entering the language of law?
      To what extent is secular society right in imposing its norms on religious groups?
      Religious proselytizing, like anti-religious, is often intolerant -- what limits can be placed here?
      The state may unlawfully persecute people who are members of groups professing completely unacceptable views -- how to combine defense of the victims of persecution with a debate about these views?
Co-organiser: SOVA-center
Moderator: Alexander Verkhovsky, director of the SOVA-center
 
Invited: Elena Ryabinina, Boris Falikov, Alexey Malashenko, Alexander Soldatov, Nikolay Shaburov, Sergey Gradirovsky, Anatoly Pchelintsev, Svetlana Solodovnik, Akhmet Jarlykapov etc.
 
 6. Strategies for New Civic Movement
      What are the modes of operations of new civil movements today? What was done over the last years and what are the prospects? Is there any influence on public opinion, on decision makers?
      Do civil movements need to seek cooperation with political organizations; does such cooperation contribute to or hamper accomplishments of their objectives? Do civil movements have allies and partners in the socio-political environment?
      Can we expect appearance of wider civil coalitions in the near future? What are general prospects for civil initiatives development?
 
Moderator: Ute Weinmann
Invited: Evguenia Chirikova, Jaroslav Nikitenko, Sergey Kanaev, Vlad Tupikin, Natalia Zvyagina, Dmitry Platonov, Karin Kleman, Ivan Klimov, Galina Shnaider, Nikolay Klimeniuk, Boris Kravchenko etc.
 
16.30-16.45 Coffee break
 
16.45-18.45 Panel Discussions (cont.)
 
19.00 Memorial evening in honour of the Andrei Sakharov anniversary
Buffet
Moderator: Leonid Litinsky, Andrei Sakharov Foundation (Moscow)
Invited: Boris Bolotovsky, Yury Rost, Yury Ryzhov, Irina Sakharova, Wladimir Tolz, Anatoly Shabad etc.

 

 
 
 
Additional Events
 
Sunday, May 22, 2011
 
14:00-17:00 “Sakharov Mayovka”
“Celebration of Freedom” -
Open air Meeting-Concert in honour of the Andrei Sakharov anniversary and for liberation of all prisoners of conscience.
Sakharov Center, Park. Zemlyanoy Val 57 str. 6
 
Monday, May 23, 2011
 
 
 
 
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