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."
seSsion 1: Putin’s Rise to Power
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.
SESSION 2: PUTIN'S REACH AND VISION
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.
lunch session: inside putin's mind
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.
SESSION 3 (Option 1): PUTIN'S WARS
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.
SESSION 3 (Option 2): the killingS of vladimir putin
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..
SESSION 4: the richest man in history and his accomplices
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?
session 5: the end of putin's tyranny
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?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.