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Boris Nemtsov Forum

The Boris Nemtsov Forum is a platform for pro-democracy Russians and their European and American peers. The inaugural Forum was held in Berlin in 2016, and since then it has become an important annual event that brings together leading voices of democratic Russia and European and American politicians and public intellectuals.

Our guests have included Alexei Navalny, Sergey Guriev, Francis Fukuyama, Adam Michnik, Grigory Yudin, Maria Snegovaya, Dmitry Glukhovsky, Marianna Muravyeva, Valeria Korablyova, Mykhailo Samus, Polina Sinovets, Alexander Rodnyansky, Sam Greene, Damon Wilson, Michael Kofman, Mariana Katzarova and many others. The Freedom Speech opens the Forum.

  • Initiated by the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom
  • Held in early October in a European capital around the date of Boris Nemtsov’s birthday
  • 150-200 guests and attendees
  • Different session styles: podium discussions, working groups and cultural program
  • Working languages are Russian and English


2023 Berlin, Germany

The forum was dedicated to the future of Eastern Europe and its relations with Russia, which is waging a full-scale war against Ukraine. Alexander Rodnyansky, a filmmaker and producer, delivered the traditional Freedom speech in Ukrainian.

Key Speakers

Valeria Korablyova
Kirsty Sutherland
Gleb Bogush
Sergey Golubok
Michael Kofman
Mykhailo Samus
Polina Sinovets
Damon Wilson
Sergey Guriev
Sam Greene
Mariana Katzarova
Marianna Muravyeva
Dmitry Glukhovsky

2019 Warsaw, Poland

The Forum took place against the backdrop of increased state-sponsored repression in Russia. The main topic was resilience tactics. The Forum’s participants discussed the ways to preserve basic freedoms in an oppressive political regime and resist propaganda.

Key Speakers

Sergey Guriev
Alexey Navalny
Adam Michnik
Zhanna Nemtsova
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Nikolai Petrov
Grigory Yudin

2018 Prague, Czech Republic

In March 2018, Vladimir Putin took the the presidential office for the third time. The future political scenarios for Russia was the key topic of discussion at the Boris Nemtsov Forum.
Video (FreedomTVEurope)

Key Speakers

Guy Verhofstadt
Ilya Yashin
Sergey Aleksashenko
Grigory Yudin
John Bogaerts

2017 Berlin, Germany

Russia civil society and challenges it might face was the main topic of the Forum.

Key Speakers

Maria Snegovaya
Christopher Gohl
Peter Limburg
Dmitriy Vrubel
Elena Panfilova
Stefan Melle
Michael Savva

2016 Berlin, Germany

This Forum was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the state of Russian-European relations.

Key Speakers

Elmar Brok
Jerzy Pomianowski
Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Lev Gudkov
Jens Boehlmann
Mikhail Shishkin