The Second International Forum «In Search of Lost Universalism»

The experts of the “European Dialogue” took an active part in The Second International Forum «In Search of Lost Universalism» which took place on October 17 - 18, 2016 in Berlin. Once again the Association of Schools of Political Studies under the Council of Europe  will convene intellectuals for an in-depth discussion of the role of the civic element  in reviving the spirit of 1946 — 1950.
The Forum was inaugurated by the Founders of the Moscow School of Civic Enlightenment Elena Nemirovskaya and Yurii Senokosov,  President of the Association of Schools of Political Studies and General Secretary of the Council of Europe  (1989 - 1994)  Catherine Lalumière. The Forum was open for expert discussion of the current challenges before democracy — the problems of corruption, migration, nationalism, matters of historical memory, freedom and security, the dichotomy of war and peace.
The discussions embraced the law, the political system, the role of business in the community, the strength of popular feeling, international relations, matters of culture and much else. The Founders have a quarter of a century's experience in working with nearly all international institutions, and rely on links and contacts all over Europe and beyond. Now, as the EU lives through difficult times, and the gulf between it and Russia widens, the Forum has a unique possibility to both bring together the civil societies of the West and those of the East, and act as a medium for civic dialogue across Europe.


Russia and Europe: 25 years of transformation. Results and perceptions

The first Nemtsov Forum took place in Berlin on October 9-10 with the participation of members of the “European Dialogue” Coordinating Council. The event was organized by Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

The forum was opened with a documentary about Boris Nemtsov produced by Vladimir Kara-Murza. Among top topics discussed by the crowded Russian and foreign audience were: Is the authoritarian regime in Russia capable to reform the country? How to transform the state government? What are the interim results of Russian post-soviet transformation and its relationship with the West? Different ways contrary to the common values?


European Dialogue in Gdansk

Nikolay Petrov and Evgeny Gontmakher, members of the "European Dialogue", participated in the international round table organized by the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding in Gdansk, Poland on October 8. The round table was devoted to the in-depth discussion of three popular books:

- Bobo Lo, “Russia and the New World Disorder”;

- “The New Russian Nationalism, Imperialism, Ethnicity and Authoritarianism 2000–15” (edited by Pål Kolstø and Helge Blakkisrudo);

- “The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone” (edited by Daniel Hamilton and Stefan Meister).


“European Dialogue” is looking for more partnerships

New NGOs and media have become our partners: Moscow Helsinki Group, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Information Portal “ Delfi”, Radio “Baltcom”, Novaya Gazeta, Information and Analytical Portal “”, Information Portal “”, Analytical Center “Levada-Center, Heinrich Boell Foundation.


Thinking about common European future

The International Working Group brought together at its Third conference in Kiev public and academic actors from Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Germany and Chezh Republic to engage in a regular discussion on concepts of a common European future based on the principles of the Helsinki final act that was adopted 41 years ago.
The Group discussed multi-perspective analyses of the current problems in Russian-Ukrainian as well as in Russian-EU relations and provided policy recommendations how to maintain and strengthen a common political and economic European space based on the Helsinki principles.


Being modern Europeans in today’s Russia

It has been 25 years since Russia freed itself from the Soviet system and joined the civilized world. Quite a lot has been achieved since then. Some elements of the market economy have emerged. We can now travel abroad freely without requesting the authorities’ permission. At the same time, anyone who in deed and not in word wants to have a Russia respected for the freedom of its people’s development can see clearly now that we have wandered away from the path chosen in 1991. (more…)


European Dialogue in Belgrade: “Freedom and the rule of law»

Elena Lukyanova and other members of the "European Dialogue" delivered a number of lectures for participants of a 5-days seminar Sapere aude: “Freedom and the rule of law”, hosted by the Association of Schools of Political Studies and Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence. (more…)


Online discussion on socio-economic crisis at the School of Civic Education

Social consequences of the economic crisis in Russia was the main topic of the online interview at the School of Civic Education made by Evgeny Gontmakher, the member of the “European Dialogue”. Find details on this link (further event details on the "7x7" site).


The “European Dialogue” partnered with think tanks, NGOs and mass media

Partnership arrangements were made with the EU-Russia Civil Forum, Institute of Contemporary Development, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, Reforms Support Center, Information and Analytic Channel “”, Radio “Echo of Moscow”, Radio Freedom, “Rosbalt” Information Agency, “Snob” Journal.


“European Dialogue” Expert Group: Group presentation and round table “Russia in Europe: current agenda”

Agreement in the Office

Moscow, 26th October, 2016

Elena Lukyanova, Prof., National Research University “Higher School of Economics”- pulse report “The Russian constitutional choice: East or West?”

Evgeny Gontmakher, Deputy Director, Institute of World Economy and International Relations - about the Project, its mission and goals. Pulse report “Russian internal policy: progress versus degradation”. 

Tatiana Parkhalina, Deputy Director, Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences under the Russian Academy of Sciences; President, Association for Euro-Atlantic Integration – pulse report “Russia and Europe: together or apart in constructing the European security system” 

Round table discussion.

Chaired by

Evgeny Gontmakher, Deputy Director, Institute of World Economy and International Relations; Member, Civil Initiatives Committee

Boris Dolgin, Scientific editor, Information and analytical internet channel POLIT.Ru; member of the Free Historical Society; member of the Organizing Committee, All-Russia Civil Forum

The leading Russian experts, representatives of the European Union, International think tanks and journalists are expected to attend.

This event is by invitation only