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Opening up Russia: Access to information and the fight for transparency

Foreign Policy Centre and ARTICLE19

Monday, 29 January 2018 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

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The Foreign Policy Centre and ARTICLE 19 are delighted to host a Westminster seminar exploring the ways in which citizens and journalists in Russia can hold their local and national government to account. On paper Russia’s 2010 Law ‘on Providing Access to Information on the Activities of State Bodies and Bodies of Local Self-Government’ has provided citizens with the right to request and receive information, setting out a clear procedure for such requests and giving the government a responsibility to provide the required information. However fulfilling these rights continues to be challenging in practice, further undermining the work of civil society and media freedom.

The seminar will explore the ways in which these challenges are similar to those found in the Freedom of Information processes of other countries such as the UK and where Russian citizens face additional barriers due to the approach of their current Government. The seminar will also look at the creative ways in which NGOs, citizens, and independent journalists are using information and data to push for reform at a local level and demand action from larger institutions. Representatives of Team 29, a collection of lawyers promoting the right to information in Russia who were instrumental in the adoption of the 2010 Law, as well as leading Russian journalists will discuss their experiences supporting efforts to improve transparency in Russia and discuss how the international community can provide support.


  • Ivan Pavlov, Human Rights Lawyer and Head of Team 29
  • Tatiana Tolsteneva, Project Coordinator, Team 29
  • Gregory Shvedov, Editor in Chief of Caucasian Knot
  • David Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel, ARTICLE 19
  • Chair: Stephen Gethins MP, Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Scottish National Party International Affairs and Europe Spokesperson

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House of Commons
Committee Room 8
SW1A 0AA London
United Kingdom

Monday, 29 January 2018 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

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Foreign Policy Centre and ARTICLE19

The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) is an outward-looking, non-partisan international affairs think tank based in the UK. Our mission is to provide an open and accessible space for the ideas, knowledge, and experience of experts, academics, and activists from across the world so that their voices can be heard by a global audience of citizens and decision makers in order to find solutions to today’s international challenges.  

The FPC has a global perspective and a focus on Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. We also seek to examine what a progressive, pragmatic and internationalist foreign policy for the United Kingdom could be. A commitment to democracy, human rights, good governance and conflict resolution is at the heart of our work.

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ARTICLE 19 is an international human rights organisation that works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination.

ARTICLE 19 supports independent media, civil society and activists to exercise and defend the right to freedom of expression and access to information. We challenge restrictive legislation, as well as attacks and imprisonment of individuals that violate freedom of expression, and we do this through campaigns, advocacy, policy development and courts of law.  

Freedom of expression is under significant threat across Europe and Central Asia. In Russia, as with many other post-Soviet countries, fears of instability combined with rejection of so-called ‘Western values’, are manifesting into severe legislative restrictions and crackdowns on independent media and civil society. We work with local NGOs, journalists and civil society to support them counter these developments and maintain the free flow of information.

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