The Public Defenders' Movement and Human Rights in Russia's Legal System

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Aleksandra Rossius

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S354

Note: This talk will be delivered in Russian.

The new movement of public defenders in Russia, equipped with only basic legal training and scant resources, has been eagerly confronting the Russian judicial system to protect the human rights of political prisoners and people jailed for legitimate political protest. The speaker is a graduate of the Public Defender School, a grassroots educational project organized by the Russia Behind Bars foundation in collaboration with the Sakharov Center.  She has been helping detainees of the political demonstrations, representing them in court proceedings, and assisting them in contacts with the European Court for Human Rights. She works together with Human Rights groups OVD-Info and Public Verdict.


Aleksandra Rossius, Public Defender and Human Rights Activist

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

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