Penn Law School to Host Symposium on
Human Rights and Political Prisoners in Russia
WHO:Opening Remarks: Michael Fitts, Penn Law Dean
William Burke-White, University of Pennsylvania law professor
Mary Holland, New York University Law School research scholar
Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania history professor
Roger Clark, Rutgers Law School professor
Legal Team of imprisoned Russian businessman Mikhail
Khodorkovsky: Robert Amsterdam, John Pappalardo,
Sanford Saunders, Pavel Ivlev, Elena Levina
WHAT:Human Rights and Political Prisoners in Russia: A View from the Khodorkovsky Case
WHEN:Dec. 7, 2006
WHERE:University of Pennsylvania Law School
34th and Chestnut streets
The symposium will examine recent legal, political and human rights trends in Russia and discuss whether Russias courts and intelligence services are being used by the Russian government to silence opposition political forces.
Symposium participants will focus on the trial and conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev, Russian business leaders sentenced to eight years in Siberian labor camps, and also on the recent murders of former Russian KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko and journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Khodorkovsky's prosecution and conviction are considered by many international journalists, politicians and businessmen as politically motivated by Vladimir Putins government. Khodorkovsky is the former head of the Russian oil company Yukos.