Boris Nemtsov repeatedly said to his friends and supporters: “You have to be courageous to fight for freedom in Russia.” Nemtsov firmly believed that Russia is a part of Europe and acted as a principled defender of democratic values in his country. In the final years before the assassination, he became one of the fiercest critics of Putin’s regime.
Nemtsov’s political legacy inspired the Boris Nemtsov Prize for Courage. The Prize serves as a reminder that it takes courage to fight for democracy and human rights in authoritarian countries.
The Summer School of Journalism and Cultural Studies is a three-week intensive program for young journalists, bloggers, and media researchers from all over the world. The school is held annually from mid-July to early August in Prague at the Charles University Faculty of Arts. The course of study includes lectures and seminars by leading journalists, hands-on video and photography classes, and lessons on content distribution over the Internet. An essential aspect of the course are independent media projects which participants develop at seminars with professional editors. All classes are conducted in Russian.
The Academic Center is a joint project of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. The Center organizes policy workshops, seminars, and public events. It supports students who cannot continue their studies in Russia and Ukraine. The Center plays an active role in establishing the accredited Russian-language Master’s program at the Faculty of Arts that will be launched in the fall of 2023.
The Boris Nemtsov Fellowship program is designed to support activists, journalists, and researchers who were forced into exile from Russia and Belarus.
The Nemtsov Foundation and the Zimin Foundation sponsor 14 two-year scholarships for Ukrainian students willing to get their higher education in the Czech Republic. Our partners are the Faculty of Arts (Charles University), the University of Economics and Business, and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design.
The Boris Nemtsov Forum is the leading platform for discussing the future of Russia. The last Forum was held in October 2019 in Warsaw (Poland). Check the Freedom speech from Prof. Francis Fukuyama and the subsequent discussion between him and Alexei Navalny, a now-jailed Russian opposition politician.
The reason for the suspension of the Forum is the war in Ukraine.