The Full Story
putin3.jpg
 
 

 

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."

garry kasparov

Quote-image.jpg
 

 

CONFERENCE SESSIONS


 

seSsion 1: Putin’s Rise to Power
9:05-10:25
 

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. 

 
 
  GARRY KASPAROV

GARRY KASPAROV

 
  DAVID SATTER

DAVID SATTER

 
  ARKADY BABCHENKO

ARKADY BABCHENKO

 
 
  YEGVENI KISELEV

YEGVENI KISELEV

 
  ANDERS ÅSLUND

ANDERS ÅSLUND

 
 
 

SESSION 2: PUTIN'S REACH AND VISION
10:50-11:50

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.

 
 
  PRESIDENT TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES

PRESIDENT
TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES

 
  JAMES KIRCHICK

JAMES KIRCHICK

 
 
  MOLLY MCKEW

MOLLY MCKEW

 
  LUKE HARDING

LUKE HARDING

 
 
 

lunch session: inside putin's mind
11:50-1:05

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.

 
 
  JAMES FALLON

JAMES FALLON

 
 
 

SESSION 3 (Option 1): PUTIN'S WARS
1:05-1:50

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.

 
 
  VALENTYN NALYVAICHENKO

VALENTYN
NALYVAICHENKO

 
  THORNIKÉ GORDADZE

THORNIKÉ GORDADZE

 
 
  ANNA BORSHCHEVSKAYA

ANNA BORSHCHEVSKAYA

 
  MICHAEL CARPENTER    

MICHAEL CARPENTER

 

 
 
 

SESSION 3 (Option 2): the killingS of vladimir putin
1:05-1:50

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..

 
 
  AMY KNIGHT

AMY KNIGHT

 
  ANDREI SOLDATOV

ANDREI SOLDATOV

 
  ARIC TOLER

ARIC TOLER

 
 
 

SESSION 4: the richest man in history and his accomplices
2:30-3:50

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? 

 
 
  PREET BHARARA

PREET BHARARA

 
  BORIS REITSCHUSTER

BORIS REITSCHUSTER

 
  NIKITA KULACHENKOV

NIKITA KULACHENKOV

 
 
  OLGA LITVINENKO

OLGA LITVINENKO

 
  BILL BROWDER

BILL BROWDER

 
 
 

session 5: the end of putin's tyranny
4:15-5:30

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?

 
 
  VLADIMIR KARA-MURZA

VLADIMIR KARA-MURZA

 
  GARRY KASPAROV

GARRY KASPAROV

 
 
  MIRIAM LANSKOY

MIRIAM LANSKOY

 
  DAVID KRAMER

DAVID KRAMER

 
 
  GARRY KASPAROV    Garry Kasparov has been the chairman of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) since 2012, a post held previously by one of his personal....  (read more)

GARRY KASPAROV

Garry Kasparov has been the chairman of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) since 2012, a post held previously by one of his personal....
(read more)

  DAVID SATTER   David Satter is an American journalist who has been writing about Russia for more than four decades. He has written four books, the latest...  (read more)

DAVID SATTER

David Satter is an American journalist who has been writing about Russia for more than four decades. He has written four books, the latest...
(read more)

  ARKADY BABCHENKO   Arkady Babchenko is a renowned Russian journalist who fought in the first Chechen war for two years at the age of 18, and volunteered...  (read more)

ARKADY BABCHENKO

Arkady Babchenko is a renowned Russian journalist who fought in the first Chechen war for two years at the age of 18, and volunteered...
(read more)

  YEVGENI KISELEY   Yevgeni Kiselev is a Russian media personality, journalist, and political analyst. He became a household name as a prominent presenter in...  (read more)

YEVGENI KISELEY

Yevgeni Kiselev is a Russian media personality, journalist, and political analyst. He became a household name as a prominent presenter in...
(read more)

  ANDERS ÅSLUND   Anders Åslund is a senior fellow at the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He has...  ( read more )

ANDERS ÅSLUND

Anders Åslund is a senior fellow at the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He has... 
(read more)

  PRESIDENT TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES    Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia (2006-2016), is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford Uni... ( read more )

PRESIDENT TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES 

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia (2006-2016), is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford Uni...
(read more)

  JAMES KIRCHICK   James Kirchick is a visiting fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe and Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brooki...  ( read more )

JAMES KIRCHICK

James Kirchick is a visiting fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe and Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brooki... 
(read more)

  MICHAEL CARPENTER   Michael Carpenter is the senior director of the Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania... ( read more )

MICHAEL CARPENTER

Michael Carpenter is the senior director of the Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania...
(read more)

  MOLLY MCKEW   Molly McKew is a writer and an expert on information warfare and currently serves as the narrative architect at New Media Frontier, a... ( read more )

MOLLY MCKEW

Molly McKew is a writer and an expert on information warfare and currently serves as the narrative architect at New Media Frontier, a...
(read more)

  LUKE HARDING   Luke Harding is a senior international correspondent for The Guardian. He has reported from cities around the world, inclu... ( read more )

LUKE HARDING

Luke Harding is a senior international correspondent for The Guardian. He has reported from cities around the world, inclu...
(read more)

  JAMES FALLON   James Fallon is an American neuroscientist specializing in consciousness, creativity, and the ways in which the brain relates to art, law, and... ( read more )

JAMES FALLON

James Fallon is an American neuroscientist specializing in consciousness, creativity, and the ways in which the brain relates to art, law, and...
(read more)

  VALENTYN NALYVAICHENKO    Valentyn Nalyvaichenko is the leader of the Ukrainian political party Justice, which is devoted to defending Ukraine on two fronts... ( read more )

VALENTYN NALYVAICHENKO

Valentyn Nalyvaichenko is the leader of the Ukrainian political party Justice, which is devoted to defending Ukraine on two fronts...
(read more)

  THORNIKÉ GORDAZDE   Thorniké Gordadze is senior adviser for Teaching, Studies and Research at the Institute for Higher National Defense Studies, France... ( read more )

THORNIKÉ GORDAZDE

Thorniké Gordadze is senior adviser for Teaching, Studies and Research at the Institute for Higher National Defense Studies, France...
(read more)

  ANNA BORSCHCHEVSKAYA    Anna Borshchevskaya is a fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy and is the Ira Welner Fellow at the Washington Institute. She is a...  ( read more )

ANNA BORSCHCHEVSKAYA

Anna Borshchevskaya is a fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy and is the Ira Welner Fellow at the Washington Institute. She is a... 
(read more)

  AMY KNIGHT   Amy Knight is an American scholar specializing in Russian history and politics. She obtained her PhD in russian politics at the London School...   ( read more )

AMY KNIGHT

Amy Knight is an American scholar specializing in Russian history and politics. She obtained her PhD in russian politics at the London School...  
(read more)

  ANDREI SOLDATOV   Andrei Soldatov is a Russian investigative journalist and Russian security services expert. Together with journalist Irina Borogan, he is... ( read more )

ANDREI SOLDATOV

Andrei Soldatov is a Russian investigative journalist and Russian security services expert. Together with journalist Irina Borogan, he is...
(read more)

  ARIC TOLER   Aric Toler is a writer and journalist who writes for Bellingcat, an investigative search network. Having graduated with a master's degree in Sl... ( read more )

ARIC TOLER

Aric Toler is a writer and journalist who writes for Bellingcat, an investigative search network. Having graduated with a master's degree in Sl...
(read more)

  PREET BHARARA    Preet Bharara is an American lawyer who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. While in this position... ( read more )

PREET BHARARA

Preet Bharara is an American lawyer who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. While in this position...
(read more)

  BORIS REITSCHUSTER   Boris Reitschuster is a German journalist and author of “Putin’s Hidden War.” A frequent commentator on Russian-German affairs... ( read more )

BORIS REITSCHUSTER

Boris Reitschuster is a German journalist and author of “Putin’s Hidden War.” A frequent commentator on Russian-German affairs...
(read more)

  NIKITA KULACHENKOV   Nikita Kulachenkov is a forensic accountant and political activist fighting against corruption in the Russian government. In 2013, he serv...  ( read more )

NIKITA KULACHENKOV

Nikita Kulachenkov is a forensic accountant and political activist fighting against corruption in the Russian government. In 2013, he serv... 
(read more)

  OLGA LITVINENKO   Olga Litvinenko is a politician who served in the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg from 2007 to 2011, and who has been an outspoken... ( read more )

OLGA LITVINENKO

Olga Litvinenko is a politician who served in the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg from 2007 to 2011, and who has been an outspoken...
(read more)

  BILL BROWDER   Bill Browder is the co-founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, an investment fund and asset management company special...  ( read more )

BILL BROWDER

Bill Browder is the co-founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, an investment fund and asset management company special... 
(read more)

  VLADIMIR KARA-MURZA   Vladimir Kara-Murza is a Russian democracy activist and vice chairman of Open Russia, a pro-democracy movement. Raised in a family with... ( read more)

VLADIMIR KARA-MURZA

Vladimir Kara-Murza is a Russian democracy activist and vice chairman of Open Russia, a pro-democracy movement. Raised in a family with...
(read more)

  MIRIAM LANSKOY    Miriam Lanskoy is a scholar, author, and senior director for Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy. She has an extens...  ( read more )

MIRIAM LANSKOY

Miriam Lanskoy is a scholar, author, and senior director for Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy. She has an extens... 
(read more)

  DAVID KRAMER   David J. Kramer is senior fellow at the McCain Institute and senior fellow in the Václav Havel Program on Human Rights and Diplomacy at... ( read more )

DAVID KRAMER

David J. Kramer is senior fellow at the McCain Institute and senior fellow in the Václav Havel Program on Human Rights and Diplomacy at...
(read more)

 
 
KGB.jpg
 
 

 

INTERESTED IN Learning more?

 

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 info@putincon.com.