University of Pennsylvania Law School to Host Symposium on Human Rights and Political Prisoners in Russia

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151November 30, 2006

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

4:30-6:30 p.m.

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.