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McCain Institute to Co-Host Hill Event Honoring Russian Democracy Activist Vladimir Kara-Murza


Event to observe second anniversary of Kara-Murza’s unjust jailing and oppose Kremlin human rights abuses and corruption


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, the McCain Institute at Arizona State University will join the event, “From Beyond the Bars: The Quest for Freedom and Democracy in Russia,” observing the two-year anniversary of the Kremlin’s unjust jailing of journalist, activist, and friend and pallbearer of the late Senator McCain, Vladimir Kara-Murza.

“Kara-Murza’s return to Russia after being poisoned twice before and knowing he would be arrested is nothing short of heroic,” said McCain Institute Assistant Director for Democracy Programs Pedro Pizano. “Kara-Murza’s willingness to exchange his freedom for the freedom of his fellow countrymen and women inspires us to continue fighting for democracy in Russia and around the world. His story exemplifies, heartbreakingly, what it means to speak the truth about Russia: 25 years in a Siberian Gulag. It’s time for Kara-Murza, and other political prisoners including Paul, Evan, Ilya and Alsu to be freed now.”

Click HERE to learn more about the McCain Institute’s work to free Kara-Murza.

This event is hosted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Chairman Senator Ben Cardin, with participation by the McCain Institute, Free Russia Foundation, Freedom House, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Center for European Policy Analysis, the Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights, the Global Justice Magnitsky Campaign, the Human Rights Foundation, The Ronald Reagan Institute, the George W. Bush Institute, and Human Rights First. View the official SFRC press advisory here.

Credentialed media and those wishing to attend in person must register with Pedro Pizano at Pedro.P[email protected].

This event will be livestreamed. To watch, click HERE.

U.S. Senate, Dirksen Office Building, SD-419
50 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Apr 9, 2024
10:00am ET