The Full Story
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PutinCon: THe FULL STORY

The Putin regime is the gravest threat to democracy and Western values that exists in the world today. Putin's power as Russia’s leader is based in fear, mystery, and propaganda. Putin has wielded violence as the key tool in shaping a system that gives him unrivaled power and wealth, both within Russia and worldwide.

PutinCon will show how thin the façade of his control truly is. This gathering of Russian democracy activists, Kremlin experts, Putin biographers, law enforcement professionals, historians, foreign policy leaders, and intelligence analysts will tell the story of how Russia is crippled by totalitarian rule.

 
 

"the first event to offer  a true 360 of Putin, his KGB,  His nature, his past, his accomplices, his policies, & his unraveling."

garry kasparov

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CONFERENCE SESSIONS


 

seSsion 1: Putin’s Rise to Power
9:05-10:25
 

How did Putin take a democratic country and turn it into a dictatorship with a cult of personality? This session will cover how Russia went from being a "friend" of the free world to a "designated enemy." It will focus on Putin's consolidation of power and how Russia lost its way, including an overview of the 1999 apartment bombings in Moscow, the Chechen War, the destruction of independent media, and the destruction of independent business. Finally, the session's speakers will discuss the free world's lack of action while this transition to authoritarianism occurred. 

 
 
  GARRY KASPAROV

GARRY KASPAROV

 
  DAVID SATTER

DAVID SATTER

 
  ARKADY BABCHENKO

ARKADY BABCHENKO

 
 
  YEGVENI KISELEV

YEGVENI KISELEV

 
  ANDERS ÅSLUND

ANDERS ÅSLUND

 
 
 

SESSION 2: PUTIN'S REACH AND VISION
10:50-11:50

What will the future look like if Putin has his way? What is his foreign policy? What is Putin's influence inside the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world?  This session will illuminate issues including Russian interference in foreign elections, hacking, and the chaos caused by Putin's propaganda across the world. The speakers will analyze Putin's contamination of global politics and draw a parallel between the rise of Putin and the decline of freedom across the world.

 
 
  PRESIDENT TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES

PRESIDENT
TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES

 
  JAMES KIRCHICK

JAMES KIRCHICK

 
 
  MOLLY MCKEW

MOLLY MCKEW

 
  LUKE HARDING

LUKE HARDING

 
 
 

lunch session: inside putin's mind
11:50-1:05

What do democratic leaders and foreign policy experts need to know in order to understand Putins thinking properly? A renowned neuroscientist with expertise in psychopathy and narcissism will explain how dictators think.

 
 
  JAMES FALLON

JAMES FALLON

 
 
 

SESSION 3 (Option 1): PUTIN'S WARS
1:05-1:50

Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria: Putin has interfered in multiple conflicts across the world and suffered no consequences. This section will provide an overview of the objectives and consequences of Putin's warmongering.

 
 
  VALENTYN NALYVAICHENKO

VALENTYN
NALYVAICHENKO

 
  THORNIKÉ GORDADZE

THORNIKÉ GORDADZE

 
 
  ANNA BORSHCHEVSKAYA

ANNA BORSHCHEVSKAYA

 
  MICHAEL CARPENTER    

MICHAEL CARPENTER

 

 
 
 

SESSION 3 (Option 2): the killingS of vladimir putin
1:05-1:50

One way Putin maintains control is by killing those in his path, and orchestrating
calamities to create public support for his police state. This session will explore the political assassinations of Alexander Litvinenko, Boris Nemtsov, and Anna Politskovskaya, among others, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding events like the downing of MH17 in 2014..

 
 
  AMY KNIGHT

AMY KNIGHT

 
  ANDREI SOLDATOV

ANDREI SOLDATOV

 
  ARIC TOLER

ARIC TOLER

 
 
 

SESSION 4: the richest man in history and his accomplices
2:30-3:50

In this session, speakers will analyze the extent of kleptocracy in Russia, with a focus on collusion between Putin and his accomplices. What does Putin own and how did he acquire it? Who are Putin's bagmen and cronies, his foreign accomplices, his local enablers? What should international law enforcement do in light of this information? 

 
 
  PREET BHARARA

PREET BHARARA

 
  BORIS REITSCHUSTER

BORIS REITSCHUSTER

 
  NIKITA KULACHENKOV

NIKITA KULACHENKOV

 
 
  OLGA LITVINENKO

OLGA LITVINENKO

 
  BILL BROWDER

BILL BROWDER

 
 
 

session 5: the end of putin's tyranny
4:15-5:30

A panel of experts will examine the likelihood and potential instigators of an end of Putin's reign. If Putin ceases to look strong will his cronies betray him? What will accelerate the end of the regime? Will strong deterrence and sanctions bring about Putin's downfall? Will Putin's regime end when he dies of old age? Will he groom a successor? What is possible and what is likely?

 
 
  VLADIMIR KARA-MURZA

VLADIMIR KARA-MURZA

 
  GARRY KASPAROV

GARRY KASPAROV

 
 
  MIRIAM LANSKOY

MIRIAM LANSKOY

 
  DAVID KRAMER

DAVID KRAMER

 
 
 
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INTERESTED IN Learning more?

 

PutinCon was held on March 16, 2018. The unique gathering of experts shed light on the darkest facets of Putin's past, present, and future. For more information about PutinCon, and to stay informed about the Human Rights Foundation's future efforts to promote democracy within Russian, please write info@putincon.com.