On April 29-30, 2023, the annual international conference in memory of the outstanding human rights lawyer and dissident Yuri M. Schmidt will be held in Berlin. The conference is organized with the participation of public figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
This year, the conference is dedicated to the investigation and documentation of war crimes committed by the Russian army in Ukraine, overcoming the consequences of the war, and the human rights situation in Russia.
The human rights conference in memory of Yuri M. Schmidt has been held in Berlin since 2017 with the support of the Center for Liberal Modernity (Zentrum Liberale Moderne). Over the years, participants have included leading Russian human rights organizations, lawyers, civil activists, and international political figures.
If you have any additional questions, you can contact us by email at [email protected]
Program and speakers list are subject to change.
09:00 — 10:00
10:00 — 10:30
Welcome speech, conference opening
10:30 — 12:00
Claims against the Russian state, evidence collection, and admissibility criteria for the International Criminal Court. Forcibly displaced Ukrainian refugees, children and prisoners of war taken from occupied territories.
12:00 — 12:30
12:30 — 14:00
Documenting Putin’s regime crimes in Russian media. Opportunities for covering war crimes and collecting evidence in occupied territories; forms and methods of gathering information about the crimes of the Russian army.
Egor Kuroptev, Director, Free Russia Foundation in the South Caucasus.
14:00 — 15:00
15:00 — 16:30
Refusal of military service during the war, surrender to captivity. Legislative changes and law enforcement practices.
10:00 — 10:30
“Sexualized Violence in Conflict in Ukraine – Mechanisms for Restoring Violated Rights.”
10:30 — 11:00
«Methods of recruiting prisoners for the Wagner PMC — documenting and confronting.»
11:00 — 11:30
«Work of the Council of Europe and assistance in investigating war crimes in Ukraine.»
11:30 — 12:00
12:00 — 13:30
Repressive mechanisms for anti-war and civil positions within Russia
13:30 — 14:00
14:00 — 15:30
Evacuation of persecuted Russians, support for the Russian civil opposition movement abroad, support for anti-war initiatives.
15:30 — 16:00