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In Conversation with human rights activist Anastasia Zotova

posted 17 Apr 2017, 06:09 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Apr 2017, 00:17 ]
Date: Thursday, 20th April 2017

Time: At 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Location: Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA London, United Kingdom

Admission: The event is free, but booking is necessary. Please email us to confirm your attendance at

Tickets: Can be obtained via the Pushkin House website Tickets Available

Pushkin Club, Rights in Russia and Index on Censorship are proud to invite you to this evening in conversation with Anastasia Zotova.

An opportunity to meet someone whose name has been constantly in the news since her husband, Ildar Dadin, was arrested under a new law criminalizing repeated violations of Russia's stringent regulations on public assembly. Ildar Dadin is a finalist of the 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, but is reportedly currently unable to leave Russia. 

A journalist and human rights defender covering Dadin’s courageous one-man pickets against human rights violations under the Putin regime and the war in Ukraine, Anastasia Zotova married Ildar Dadin in late 2015 after he had already been arrested. She continued to publicise his plight after his imprisonment in a penal colony in Karelia, where he was tortured, and during his subsequent transfer to another prison camp in southern Siberia. Husband and wife have done more than anyone, arguably, to expose conditions in Russia’s large and brutal penitentiary system which today holds dozens more political prisoners. She has been the inspiration behind the website Territory of Torture

This is a Pushkin Club event and all are welcome. The event will be held both in English and in Russian with translation.

The 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, for which Ildar Dadin has been shortlisted, will be held at London’s Unicorn Theatre on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

During the week, Anastasia Zotova will also be speaking at a joint event held by Index on Censorship and Doughty Street Chambers on 19 April and at the Henry Jackson Society on 20th April.