Implications of the Russian Parliamentary Elections 2021

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Join Mr Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Baroness Neville-Jones as they discuss Russian authoritarianism after the 2021 election.

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The Russian Federation is due to go through the farcical pretense of legislative elections between the 17th and 19th of September which will define the composition of the Russian Parliament’s lower chamber (the State Duma) for the next five years. The Putin regime acquiesces to this pantomime as a matter of perception, with no intention of allowing it to disrupt their tight hold on power. Despite the potential for democracy to grow from the ashes of the USSR, today Russia remains an authoritarian kleptocracy.

This event will discuss the election results and how they have been impacted by constitutional amendments of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic and hard-hit economy, opposition protests in 2020 and the turbulent international environment.

The Council on Geostrategy invites you to join Mr Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Baroness Neville-Jones as they discuss the results of the Russian Duma elections, the challenges of election monitoring and counting, regional variations in voters preferences, the state of Russian authoritarianism in 2021 and the wider global ramifications.

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Campaigner for democratic change in Russia, Founder of Open Russia

In 2001 Mikhail Khodorkovsky launched Open Russia with the intention of promoting Democracy and human rights within the Russian Federation. Having been one of the earliest supporters of democratic change, he criticised endemic corruption at a televised meeting with President Putin in early 2003. That same year he was arrested, and jailed on charges of tax evasion and fraud, charges, which he denied. Khodorkovsky was sentenced to fourteen years in prison, declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International and eventually released in December 2013. One of the leading opposition voices and the founder of the Open Russia movement, Khodorkovsky advocates for an alternative vision for his country: a strong and just state, based on a parliamentary republic model and committed to observing human rights, free and fair elections, and the rule of law while campaigning for building a strong civil society in Russia.

Baroness Neville-Jones

Member of the National Security Strategy (Joint) Committee, House of Lords

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Neville Jones DCMG is a member of the House of Lords. She has a long career in national security and is presently a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy in the Houses of Parliament. She was Prime Minister David Cameron’s National Security Adviser in Opposition becoming Minister for Security and Counter-Terrorism and a member of National Security Council for two years from 2010-2011. Prior to her parliamentary career, Baroness Neville Jones worked in foreign affairs having been a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1963 to 1991. The Rt. Hon. Baroness Neville-Jones is an Advisory Council member of the Council on Geostrategy.


Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė

Co-founder and Director of Strategy

Council on Geostrategy

*Please note that the link to join the discussion online will be sent 24-48 hours before the event.

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