December 12, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and Open Russia hosted a conference in Tallinn on new media and journalism for Russian independent journalists and opposition leaders.

After the conference, an award ceremony was hosted with the aim to honour Russia’s top independent journalists. Elena Milashina of Novaya Gazeta won the award for investigative journalism for her articles about honour killings and persecutions of LGBT-individuals in Chechnya. A topic that JHS focused on earlier this year at a seminar in Stockholm.

During the year, journalists in Russia have been under immense pressure. Many have had to leave the country while others have been attached at their place of work. The same day of the conference, Russian authorities decided to shut down Open Russia’s webpages in the country.

14 December, 2017
15:30till17:00

Please join the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation for a seminar with Alexander Solovyev, Andrey Dmitriev and Gigi Ugulava on the state of human rights in Europe’s East.

Alexander Solovyev

Andrey Dmitriev

Gigi Ugulava

 

 

 

 

 

Blasieholmsgatan 4A, Stockholm
Thursday, December 14 at 15.30-17.00

RSVP: hjalmarsonstiftelsen@moderaterna.se or +46 8 676 81 05

The seminar will also be sent live and can be watched on Facebook and YouTube.

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November 6-10 and 13-17 the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation held conferences on ideology for politically active youth from the Balkans and the Eastern Neighborhood in Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm. The basis of the seminars was the book Principles for a Free Society by Dr Nigel Ashford and the lectures were led by leading opinion makers and Swedish politicians. The conferences aim to strengthen the ideological base among the participants with emphasis on understanding of democracy, human rights and market economy.

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June 7, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference in Riga on the developments in Russia and its relations with the Baltic states. Mikhail Kasyanov, former Prime Minister of Russia, and Andris Piebalgs, party leader of the Latvian centre-right party “Vienotība,” participated in the discussions.

Olof Ehrenkrona on Russia

December 15th, 2016   In the Media | Russia

Olof Ehrenkrona, advisor to the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, discussed Russia in Finish public service TV with Beatrix von Storch, Member of the European Parliament (Alternative für Deutschland) and László Andor, former Hungarian EU-commissioner.

Watch the discussion here

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On November 15, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted the seminar Russia – Trends, Challenges & The Future for the Democratic Opposition. The panel that discussed the developments in Russia included Mikhail Kasyanov, Former Prime Minister of Russia and Chairman of the PARNAS party, Ilya Ponomarev, Former Member of the State Duma, Lilia Shevtsova, Associate of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Chatham House and Karin Enström, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Swedish Parliament. The seminar was moderated by Stephen Nix, Eurasia Director at the International Republican Institute.  (more…)

September 18, elections were held in Russia to the State Duma, the lower house of the country’s legislature. Sotiris Delis, member of parliament from the Swedish Moderate party, describes in an article for Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation his insights from observing the elections with the Organization for Security and Stability in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA).  (more…)

For the first time in post-Soviet history, a majority of Russian voters decided to stay home rather than to vote in a federal election. The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced preliminary voter turnout at 48 per cent and reacted to reported irregularities, including ballot box stuffing and carousel voting. In the past six elections the average turnout was over 60 percent. (more…)

Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about what low oil prices have meant historically, the effect oil and gas wealth has on societies and how the falling oil price is good news for Ukraine.

Read the article here.

“This year, the Russian economy is the G-20’s worst performer, contracting by 3.8%, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecast. And things could easily have been worse. President Vladimir Putin claims that his economic policies remain consistent; in fact, he has wisely changed course, limiting the damage that could have been done had he not.”

Anders Åslund is Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. and comments Putin’s new economic policies at the Project Syndicate. Read the full commentary here