LGBT Rights in Russia: The Tip of the Iceberg is part of the series of public forums, panel discussions, and conferences planned over the course of 2015 by the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics brought the situation of the LGBT community in Russia into the spotlight, fueling the debate about the struggle for survival, protection and acceptance of similar communities around the world. More than a year after the Olympics in Sochi, the international community moved on and other issues eclipsed the LGBT debate, despite worldwide indignation and condemnation that rained down on Vladimir Putin and his regime during the winter games. This event brings together experts with an in-depth knowledge of the current developments in Russia, and it aims to discuss the challenges that human rights supporters and the LGBT community have to face in this country. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.
Dr. Dmitry Dubrovsky, Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy Shawn Gaylord, Advocacy Counsel, Human Rights First Lajla Jakhelln, Deputy Chief of Mission, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington DC David J. Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy, McCain Institute
Moderator: Ambassador Andras Simonyi, Managing Director, SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations