A discussion with
Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition activist and organizer of the posthumous publication
On February 27, 2015, the Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was assassinated in view of the Moscow Kremlin. Two days prior, he had approached his friend Ilya Yashin to ask for his assistance on a sensitive investigation: tracking Russia’s secret military involvement in Ukraine. After the murder of the former deputy prime minister, Yashin led a group of opposition activists and journalists to piece together Nemtsov’s findings and publish the report in Russia and abroad.
How was the information compiled? What pressures did Yashin and his colleagues face when trying to bring the report to publication? And how do they hope the report will change the tide of Russian politics, and Putin’s actions in Ukraine?
On June 1, 2015, CGI and the Free Russia Foundation hosted a discussion with Ilya Yashin for an inside look at the creation of “Putin. War” Following a May 28 English-language release at the Atlantic Council, this discussion will allowed the audience to engage in an intimate discussion with the report’s leading organizer through an open format.
Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow for Russia at the American Foreign Policy Council, served as the discussant. CGI Program Director Konstantin Avramov moderated the Q&A.