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.
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.
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.
2017 Berlin, Germany
Russia civil society and challenges it might face was the main topic of the Forum.
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.