Russia state secrets and Australia’s foreign interference bills

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UNSW CBD Campus

Lecture Theatre 7

1 O'Connell Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Since 2012, Russia has adopted dozens of laws that widen the legal grounds for treason, for criminalising speech that is controversial or that criticises the government, and that demonise independent organisations, such as human rights groups, and media by branding them as “foreign agents” intent on undermining Russia’s stability and values.

As people in Australia contend with proposals to expand espionage and secrecy offences and to restrict foreign funding to advocacy groups, it is a good time to hear about how the Russian laws and their enforcement have deepened Russia’s authoritarianism.

Please join Ivan Pavlov ( human rights lawyer and activist in Russia), Rachel Denber (Deputy Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division) as they discuss these and other human rights issues facing contemporary Russia, with Dr Aruna Sathanapally (Sydney Director, Human Rights Law Centre), who has been examining the Turnbull government’s proposed foreign interference laws, and the effect these would have on Australia’s democracy.

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