“Jail for peaceful protest. Mass repressions after the poisoning of Alexei Navalny” OVD-Info’s film
Film screening and discussion
Date: 14 February, 18:15–20:00
Location: Lossi 36, room 214
Language: English (film in Russian with English subtitles)
We invite you to a screening of the latest film produced by OVD-info, an independent Russian human rights media project. The film highlights the stories of individuals and organizations who have been politically persecuted by the Russian authorities after the protests for the release of Alexei Navalny.
Over 180 people were criminally prosecuted, numerous civil society organizations were closed, and political emigration from the country escalated as a result of the crackdown on human rights. This film sheds light on the impact of domestic repression and the suppression of free voices in the country.
The film focuses on the stories of five defendants in the “Palace case”, the largest political persecution process in Russia to date, and features insightful comments from the political scientist Ekaterina Shulman and the lawyer Mikhail Biryukov.
The film will be followed by a discussion with researchers from OVD-Info and CEURUS covering the following questions:
— How did the repressions of 2021 affect Russian civil society and resistance within the country during the war?
— How to help Russian political prisoners while abroad?
— How do human rights organizations work now?
— Can attention to the case help to free a person – even in 2023 Russia?
The event is hosted by the University of Tartu Centre for Eurasian and Russian Studies (CEURUS).