Boris Nemtsov Memorial Freedom Forum Toronto

Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 pm, Innis College Town Hall, University of Toronto

Three leading Russian rights and anti-corruption activists provide detailed accounts of repression and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Russian pro-democracy opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was murdered on the streets of Moscow on February 27, 2015. In 2012, he visited Toronto and Ottawa and called on the Canadian government to help protect Russian activists by adopting Magnitsky legislation which targets human rights abusers and corrupt officials with visa bans and asset freezes. Despite unanimously passing Parliamentary resolutions favouring such legislation, Canada has not yet adopted Magnitsky-Nemtsov Legislation. Russian officials with alleged ties to criminal organizations have used Canada in the past to hide their assets.

Zhanna Nemtsova

Deutsche Welle Correspondent
Founder of The Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Zhanna Nemtsova moved away from Moscow due to safety concerns to join Deutsche Welle in 2015.

Bill Browder

Author “Red Notice”/Justice for Magnitsky Campaign
Bill Browder has led the international campaign for justice for Sergei Magnitsky, who
was imprisoned and tortured after he discovered a massive fraud by Kremlin tax
agents in 2008.

Vladimir Kara-Murza

Coordinator, Open Russia; Deputy Leader, People’s Freedom Party
Is a Russian journalist and activist who nearly died in 2015 after being poisoned just
one month after the murder of his colleague, Boris Nemtsov.

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