FINROSFORUM 2011 | Helsinki 10-11 December 2011


The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM) will hold its fifth annual conference, FINROSFORUM 2011, in Helsinki on 10-11 December 2011. The themes of this year’s conference will be public participation in large-scale infrastructure projects and corruption in Russia. The programme consists of four panel discussions: The campaign against ”Gazprom Tower” in St Petersburg; the campaign to defend Khimki Forest near Moscow; the campaign against the Olympic construction projects in Sochi; and Russia’s system of corruption.

Guest speakers at the FINROSFORUM 2011 conference will include Olga Andronova and Elizaveta Napara of St Petersburg’s Spasi Piter movement, Yaroslav Nikitenko of the movement to defend Khimki Forest, Yulia Naberezhnaya and Mikhail Plotnikov of the Ecological Watch of North Caucasus, Lyubov Sobol of the RosPil anti-corruption project, and Olexi Pasyuk of the CEE Bankwatch Network.

Other guest speakers include Heidi Hautala, Finland’s Minister for International Development; Vadim Kononenko, Political Advisor to Finnish MEP Tarja Cronberg; Oksana Chelysheva, board member of FINROSFORUM; Birthe Weijola, Russia Coordinator of the Finnish Nature League; Katri Pynnöniemi, Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs; Rauno Sairinen, Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Eastern Finland; Olga Ignatieva-Vanhanen, Board Member of FINROSFORUM; and Kerkko Paananen, Chairman of FINROSFORUM.


Date: 10-11 December 2011
Venue: Sofia Cultural Centre
Registration: FINROSFORUM 2011


SATURDAY 10 December 2011

10:00 … Opening Statements

Kerkko Paananen, Chairman, FINROSFORUM

10:15 … Public Participation & Elections in Russia

Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development
Vadim Kononenko, Political Advisor to Tarja Cronberg, MEP

10:30 … Saving St Pete: Battle Against Gazprom Tower

Keynote Speakers:
* Olga Andronova, Spasi Piter, St Petersburg
* Yelizaveta Napara, Spasi Piter, St Petersburg

* Oksana Chelysheva, Board Member, FINROSFORUM

12:00 … Lunch

13:00 … The Highway: Movement to Defend Khimki Forest

Keynote Speakers:
* Yaroslav Nikitenko, Sreda Obitaniya, Moscow Region
* Olexi Pasyuk, CEE Bankwatch Network, Kiev

* Rauno Sairinen, Professor, University of Eastern Finland

14:00 … Coffee Break

14:30 … Metropolitan Greeting

Metropolitan Ambrosius, Orthodox Church of Finland

14:45 … Black Sea: Olympic Projects in Sochi

Keynote Speakers:
* Mikhail Plotnikov, Ecological Watch of North Caucasus, Sochi
* Yulia Naberezhnaya, Ecological Watch of North Caucasus, Sochi

* Birthe Weijola, Russia Coordinator, Finnish Nature League
* Rauno Sairinen, Professor, University of Eastern Finland

15:30 … Open Floor

16:00 … Closing Statements

Katri Pynnöniemi, Researcher, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development

18:00 … Dinner (By Invitation Only)

SUNDAY 11 December 2011

10:00 … Opening Statements

Kerkko Paananen, Chairman, FINROSFORUM

10:15 … Neo-Feudalism: Systemic Corruption in Russia

Keynote Speakers:
* Lyubov Sobol, RosPil, Moscow

* Olga Ignatieva-Vanhanen, Board Member, FINROSFORUM
* Kerkko Paananen, Chairman, FINROSFORUM

11:30 … Open Floor

12:00 … Closing Statements

FINROSFORUM: European Responsibility for Russia’s Future

13:00 … Lunch (By Invitation Only)

FINROSFORUM was established in Helsinki in January 2007 by a group of people concerned about the development of human rights and the erosion of democracy in Russia. Our organisation supports civic initiatives for democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech.

FINROSFORUM has held annual conferences and other public events with the participation of numerous human rights defenders and opposition activists from Russia as well as many civil society actors from outside Russia. Our fourth annual conference was held in July 2010.

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