The arrest of the punk band Pussy Riot in 2012 brought unprecedented global attention to opposition activists and the rule of law in Putin’s Russia. Within this context, the conflict in Ukraine and the ongoing detention of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko raise new questions for the future of political prisoners and civil rights protections. Who does the Kremlin target and what are Putin’s motivations of persecution? What do politicized trials have to do with the broader state of Russia’s internal politics and legal environment? Can dissident voices find channels of communication under this oppressive system?
On April 17, CGI hosted a discussion with Mark Feygin, a Russian lawyer and former deputy of the State Duma. Mr. Feygin previously served as defense counsel for Pussy Riot in 2012 and was currently representing Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian air-force pilot captured by pro-Russian separatists, who is being held on murder charges in Russia. He previously served as the vice mayor of Samara.
Watch the discussion [in Russian]: