About Anna Sevortian
Anna Sevortian is an independent expert who was formerly the Director of Human Rights Watch Russia.
Articles by Anna Sevortian
One quarter of a century earlier than openDemocracy, on 12 May 1976, the Moscow Helsinki Group was born. It emerged from a dissident idea which reasoned that citizen groups can and should observe governments’ compliance with international human rights agreements. It was a movement that transformed the world and our understanding of politics. If there is one thing we have learnt from this history, it is that the single most powerful way to progress is greater intellectual freedom and open exchange of ideas and information. openDemocracy will play a central role in delivering that, right up to 2050.
The campaign for the elections to the Duma (parliament) in Russia on 2 December 2007 is being conducted amid what looks like a wall of popular indifference.This should in principle be the moment when Russians recover their passion for politics; yet it often seems that those most concerned about the fate of democracy in Russia are non-Russians.
Anna Sevortian works at the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights in Moscow