Program of the 5th Anti-War Conference

On October 1 and 2, 2023, the Free Russia Forum will hold the 5th Anti-War Conference in Tallinn under the slogan “Victory for Ukraine, Freedom for Russia”.



October 1


19:00 — 21:00


The Kremlin relies on old Soviet schemes to interpret history, culture, global politics. Neo-Soviet ideological language is being actively introduced into education – from kindergarten to university. The war is largely fueled by these neo-Soviet ideological stamps. Russia will be a threat to peace and security as long as this neo-Sovietism will not be overcome.

Moderator – Konstantin Eggert, journalist.

Speakers: Garry Kasparov – politician, co-founder of the Free Russia Forum; Andrei Arkhangelsky – publicist and culture expert (Berlin); Aleksandr Morozov – iSANS expert and employee of Charles University in Prague; Mikhail Lotman (Estonia) – a literary scholar and political activist; Aleksandr Cherkasov – human rights defender and journalist, chairman of the Council of the Memorial Human Rights Center (2012–2022).


October 2


9:00 — 10:45

Welcoming speech from the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Discussion “FOUR FRONTS. Directions and Scenarios”

The outcome of Russia’s war against Ukraine depends on four factors:

1) the military actions of the AFU to liberation of the occupied territories;

2) the war transferred to the territory of the Russian Federation;

3) the struggle for expansion and strengthening of the global alliance of support for Ukraine;

4) information struggle.

Moderator – Aleksandr Morozov, iSANS expert, employee of Charles University in Prague.

Speakers: Oleksii Arestovich (online, Ukraine) – political activist, freelance advisor to the Office of the President of Ukraine (2020–2023);  Refat Chubarov (Ukraine) – chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars; Konstantin Eggert – journalist; Ilya Ponomaryov – politician, member of the State Duma (2007–2016); Yuriy Romanenko (Ukraine) – co-founder of the Institute of the Future, political expert; Oleh Dunda (Ukraine) – Ukrainian MP.


11:00 — 12:45

Discussion “FIFTH FRONT. Strategies of Anti-Putin/Antifascist Resistance for Russians”

The Russian social movement inside the country has been almost completely crushed, with the media under the under tight control of political censorship. Political emigration is growing rapidly. There is an active the question of strategies for supporters of a “second chance” to democratize Russia is being actively discussed. What can be done today to make this “second chance” a reality?

Moderator – Daniil Konstantinov, politician, former political prisoner, project manager of the Free Russia Forum.

Speakers: Yevgenia Chirikova – coordinator of the portal; Ivan Preobrazhensky – Ph.D (Candidate of Political Science), co-founder of the Prague Anti-War Committee; Sergey Davidis – chairman of the project “Support for Political Prisoners. Memorial”; Ivan Tyutrin – politician, co-founder of the Free Russia Forum; Gennady Gudkov – politician, member of the State Duma (2001–2012); Natalia Pelevina – political activist, coordinator of the “Transitional Justice for Russia” project.


13:00 — 14:00


14:00 — 15:45

Discussion “ECONOMICS OF WAR. Socio-economic Consequences for Russia and the World”

Aggression is costly for Russia. Although the Kremlin still has enough resources to wage war, the cost of war is continually rising. What will happen to the Russian economy as a result of adapting to war and the severing of economic ties? What price will Russia eventually pay for waging war in Europe? How does a war in the center of Europe affect the world economy and the economy of Ukraine? What will happen to Russian assets abroad?

Moderator: Dmitry Nekrasov – politician, economist and businessman.

Speakers: Vladislav Inozemtsev – economist, head of the Post-industrial Society Research Center; Hans H. Luik (Estonia) – publisher, journalist, owner of the media concern Ekspress Grupp (DELFI); Mykhailo Kukhar (Ukraine) – founder and chief economist of the Independent Macroeconomic Analysis and Forecasting Group Ukraine Economic Outlook; Raivo Vare (Estonia) – businessman, Estonian Minister of State (1990–1992), Minister of Transport and Communications (1996–1999); Mikhail Krutikhin – analyst and oil and gas industry expert; Sergey Aleksashenko (online) – economist, Deputy Minister of Finance of Russia and First Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Central Bank of Russia (1995–1998).


15:45 — 17:30

Discussion “RUSSIAN FAULT. Discrimination or Fair Responsibility?”

Are the restrictions applied to Russians in the world passport discrimination or fair responsibility for years of silence and acquiescence? Is Russian culture (in the broad sense of the word) responsible for the crimes that are being committed in the name of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, in other countries and in Russia itself? Are the participants of the FRF also responsible for what is happening? What could have been done but was not done by the Russian intellectuals and the politically active, democratically-minded stratum of Russian society to prevent the catastrophe? Is it possible (and, if so, how) to overcome the skepticism about the country’s future among anti-war and anti-democratic Russian citizens?

Moderator – Leonid Gozman, psychologist, politician.

Speakers: Katerina Margolis – Russian and Italian artist, writer, publicist; Dmitry Oreshkin – Russian scientist, politician and geographer; Andrius Kubilius (online, Lithuania) – member of the European Parliament, Prime Minister of Lithuania (1999–2000 and 2008–2012); Yevgeny Kiselyov (Ukraine) – journalist, TV presenter; Nikolai Polozov – lawyer, human rights activist, founder of the humanitarian initiative “Poshuk. Polon”; Volodymyr Ogryzko (online, Ukraine) – diplomat, head of the Center for Russian Studies, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007–2009)..


17:45 — 19:15

Discussion “AWAKENING OF THE WEST. Trends, Prospects and Risks”

Russian aggression has stimulated new processes in European integration, in the defense policy of the European countries. The process of 10 countries joining the European Union is beginning. Response to the Kremlin’s policy of intimidation and blackmail against European countries is being developed today in many directions. The policy of solidarity is creating a new situation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Moderator: Igor Gretskiy (Estonia) – research fellow of the International Center for Defense Studies (ICDS).

Speakers: Garry Kasparov – politician, co-founder of the Free Russia Forum; Urmas Reinsalu (Estonia) – Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia (2022–2023; 2019–2021), member of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Riigikogu; Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland) – chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Eduskunta (Parliament of Finland), member of the Finnish Delegation to the Council of Europe; Anastasia Kirilenko – journalist at The Insider; Maria Snegovaya (online) – senior fellow in the Europe, Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, research fellow at Georgetown University, USA.


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