Our Choice

Wednesday, 6 October 2010, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Austrian Parliament

Welcome: Barbara Prammer
Respondent: Marie Mendras
Chair: Tessa Szyszkowitz

On October 7, 2006 the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in her home in Moscow. She was the democratic voice of her country, a critical mind against the regime, writing against the dirty war in Chechnya and defending freedom of the press and human rigths. In 2001 she spent several months at the IWM as a Milena Jesenská Fellow to complete her book A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya on the second Chechen war.

In her memory the Bruno Kreisky Forum regularly invites Russian intellectuals to debate on democracy and human rights. This year’s Anna Politkowskaja Memorial Lecture, jointly organized by the IWM, the Bruno Kreisky Forum, will be held by the Russian investigative reporter, political scientist, writer and radio host Yevgenia Markovna Albats who will talk about the fears and the fearlessness of journalists in Putin’s Russia.

Yevgenia Markovna Albats is chief editor of The New Times Moscow. She holds a Ph.D in political science from Harvard University and is a professor at the State University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She also hosts a radio talk program at the radio station Echo of Moscow.

Barbara Prammer is President of the Austrian National Council.

Marie Mendras is Head of Policy Planning at the French Foreign Office.

Tessa Szyszkowitz is correspondent of the Austrian weekly Profil in Moscow.

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In cooperation with Kreisky Forum, Vienna, and Sciences Po, Paris