Putin’s Kiss – Debat met Ilya Yashin en Bram Schultinge

Putin's Kiss
Voertaal: Engels

When & where?

zaterdag 24 maart 2012 - 15:00

Following the film, there will be a debate on the role of nationalist youth movements in Russia. Other topics will include the Russian elections, the consequences those elections have for critical journalists, and the role and influence of the critical opposition movement in Russia. Participants in the debate include Ilya Yashin, one of the leaders of Russian democratic opposition movement 'Solidarity', he is also featured in the film, and Bram Schultinge, Chief project manager of the European Institute for Democratic Participation, moderated by Hubert Smeets.


Ilya Yashin is one of the leaders of Russian democratic opposition movement "Solidarity." One of the bright consequent critics of the Putin regime in Russian authorities. Since 2000 - an activist and leader of the youth wing of the party "Yabloko", in 2005-2006, one of the founders and coordinators of the movement "Defence" (Oborona). After participating in the protests of the Belarusian opposition in Minsk in 2005, he was arrested by Belorussian police and spent two weeks in jail with the other opposition activists. Lukoshenko declared him "persona non grata" in Belarus.


Hubert Smeets is a journalist with NRC Handelsblad newspaper. He was editor-in-chief of the op-ed weekly De Groene Amsterdammer from 2003 until 2007. Smeets worked at NRC Handelsblad from 1980 on, first as a city reporter in Amsterdam, then as a political editor and columnist, a correspondent in the Soviet Union and Russia, and finally as assistant editor-in-chief. In 1987, he won the Anne Vondeling award for political journalism. He has published several books, including Erfenis van een wereldrijk. Ondergang van de Sovjet-Unie, opkomst van Rusland (Legacy of a World Empire: Demise of the Soviet Union, Rise of Russia) in 2004, a photo album by Russian photographer Oleg Klimov.


Bram Schultinge is Chief Project Manager of the European Institute for Democratic Participation (EIDP). This NGO aims to improve civil society, concentrating primarily on Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The organisation works with young Europeans who set up projects to promote democratic participation. One of their projects involves organising an election monitoring mission during the upcoming presidential elections in Russia. In the context of the elections, the EIDP has arranged a seminar in St Petersburg on political engagement among young people in Russia and other Eastern European countries.