October 8, Brussels
Following the CSF General Assembly in The Hague three members of the Steering Committee, Ksenia Vakhrusheva Yuri Dzhibladze and Rostislav Valdova, visited Brussels to meet senior EU officials and to participate in a public meeting organised by the EU-Russia Centre on the Kremlin’s crackdown on civil society. They were joined on the panel by Vincent Degert, Head of Division for Russia, EEAS, and Brigitte Dufour, Director of International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR). There was broad consensus on the panel that the EU should be more forceful and visible in supporting civil society in Russia.
After a working lunch with Veronique Arnault, the Director for Human Rights in the EEAS, the steering committee met with the Managing Director for Russia, Louis Felipe de la Pena, and the EUSR for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis. The discussions were very timely as Mr Lambrinidis is planning to visit Russia in the near future.