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Discussion “Dissidents and Resilience in 21st Century”

October 5th 4.30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Venue: House of Europe, Gedimino Ave. 16, (entrance from Vilniaus St.), Vilnius.

Freedom House research indicates that military conflicts, regime countries, authoritarian leaders and practices among many other factors are challenging freedom and democracy all over the world. The only antidote to this is the resilience of civil society as well as the courage of local activists, artists, and journalists.

Lithuanian liberation from the USSR occupation would have been impossible without the work of human rights activists –  dissidents. Today, human rights activists continue their fight against the totalitarian regime in Russia.

During the event, together with Russian journalists and performance artists we will look into the lives of dissidents of the 21st century. The lives of each of our speakers has been impacted by the Russian regime, which aims at silencing those who speak about unfair elections and people going missing through their actions, art, or writing. This is a story of people who have been forced to become activists.

Moderator: Vytis Jurkonis, director of Freedom House office in Lithuania.


Petras Auštrevičius, member of the European Parliament;

Elena Milashina, journalist at the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta;

Artem Loskutov, performance artist and human rights activist.

Lithuanian-English-Russian interpretation is foreseen.

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Discussion is co-organised by the European Parliament Liaison Office in Lithuania and the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Inconvenient Films”. Dedicated to the 30 years anniversary of the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament.