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20 November 2017:
Russia’s hybrid warfare: the plight of Ukrainian political prisoners

Photos:  helsinki.org.ua, wikimedia.org

Event Announcement

The British Ukrainian Society and the Embassy of Ukraine to the UK would like to invite you to a discussion on 20 November at 7pm in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House about Russia’s use of hybrid war, with an analysis of the tactics employed against Ukrainian citizens taken as political prisoners in Russia.

Our esteemed panel includes:
Alya Shandra, Managing Editor of Euromaidan Press and a coordinator of the LetMyPeopleGo campaign
In the midst of the Euromaidan protests, Alya facilitated the passage of information, in English, from the protesters’ headquarters to foreign media outlets and thereby started Euromaidan Press, one of the most popular sources of Ukrainian news for the English-speaking world which pushes back against Russian propaganda. Together with Robert Seely MP, Alya is investigating the strategies behind Russia’s hybrid war as disclosed in the leaked emails of Vladislav Surkov, Putin’s ‘grey cardinal’.  Alya is one of the coordinators of the LetMyPeopleGo campaign, which focuses on raising awareness about the plight of Ukrainian citizens illegally imprisoned by the Russian government and advocating for their release.

Robert Seely MP, Conservative Member for the Isle of Wight
He has also been a writer and academic researcher on topics such as non-conventional forms of warfare, ISIS, Russia and Ukraine.  He has contributed to the King’s College War Studies blog, Oxford Politics Department blog, The Washington Post’s social sciences blog and the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).  Bob’s most recent peer reviewed article provided a comprehensive definition of contemporary Russian warfare.  His academic and scholarly writing is available at: https://robertseely.academia.edu.
Bob has also served in the UK Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He was decorated with a Military MBE in the 2016 Operational Awards and Honours List, receiving it from Her Majesty the Queen in early 2017.

Nadiya Volkova, lawyer at the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.
She studied at Oxford Brookes University, Inns of Court School of Law in the UK and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine. Nadiya has considerable international experience, particularly at the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Centre for Human Rights, Amnesty International and others. In Ukraine, she has been working as a lawyer and human rights defender since 2014.

Please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues to this event.
Anyone who would like to attend should please RSVP to secretariat@britishukrainiansociety.org at their earliest convenience. Due to tight security and the potential for queues, we would advise you to allow at least 30 minutes to enter Portcullis House. A map and further instructions will be sent in due course to those who RSVP.

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This British Ukrainian Society series of lectures in the spheres of politics and culture is run in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine. It aims to give anyone interested in Ukrainian affairs an opportunity to hear from British and Ukrainian politicians, diplomats, authors, artists and experts from various professions who are in some way involved in noteworthy work relating to Ukraine.

The lectures are held approximately every two months in London at Portcullis House where the offices of British Members of Parliament and their staff are located. Each lecture offers an opportunity for the audience to ask questions, and networking receptions are also planned in the future.

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