Sixth Vilnius Russia Forum ends
On 31 May, the two-day long Vilnius Russia Forum ended. The event brought together over 100 participants from Russia and the West. It was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.
The forum discussed perspectives of Russia's democratic future and civilized relationship with the West, which would be based on the norms of international law. Today's topicalities of Russia, the deteriorating human rights situation, and obstacles to activities of civil society were also discussed.
"The already traditional Vilnius Russia Forum is highly valued by the expert community. The forum is unique in several ways. Firstly, it brings together a broad spectrum of representatives of Russia's democratic forces, who are given the opportunity to meet with their Western counterparts. Secondly, the Vilnius Russia Forum is one of the few events that are organized in the West. During this event, representatives of Russia's democratic forces can safely speak "in Russian and about Russia," the Minister L. Linkevičius told the press conference after the forum.
The forum was attended by representatives of Russia's civil society, human rights defenders, experts of international analytical centers, journalists, academics, and politicians. Participants of the event included well-known personalities, such as Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Vladimir Ashurkov, Marina Litvinenko, etc.
The Vilnius Russia Forum was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania in cooperation with the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC). The Vilnius Russia Forum has been held since 2013.