FINROSFORUM 2009 | Helsinki 25-26 May 2009

The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum will hold its third annual conference, FINROSFORUM 2009, in Helsinki on 25-26 May 2009. The event organisers include our partner organisations in both Finland and Russia, including the Human Rights Group of the Finnish Parliament. The conference will receive major backing from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The main themes of the two-day conference will be the rights of ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities as well as the question of political prisoners in today’s Russia. The conference venue will be the Annex to the Parliament House in the city centre of Helsinki. The languages to be used will be Russian and English with simultaneous interpretation.

Mikhail Borzykin, lead singer of the St Petersburg-based rock band, Televizor, and Alexey Nikonov, leader of the Vyborg-based punk group, PTVP (“Last Tanks in Paris”), will perform for the public in the evening of 25 May 2009. The performance will take place in Restaurant Yläkerho in Suomenlinna:

After the conference, you will have an opportunity to take part in a discussion about the Russian-German gas pipeline project, Nord Stream. The event will feature Russian journalist Grigory Pasko’s documentary film, “Buried at Sea.” The event, organised by the Greens, will take place on Tuesday 26 May 2009 at 15:00-16:30 in the Annex to the Parliament House.

We will inform about the conference in more detail on our website: You can follow the course of the seminar on Twitter: You can also join the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum’s Facebook group:

The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum was established in January 2007 by a group of people concerned about the erosion of democracy and human rights in Russia. The organisation strives to promote cooperation between the peoples of Finland and Russia by supporting civic initiatives for democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech.

More information:

FINROSFORUM 2009 | Programme

FINROSFORUM 2009 | Speakers

FINROSFORUM 2009 on Twitter

Finnish-Russian Civic Forum

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