Vladimir V. Kara-Murza is the national coordinator of Open Russia, a pro-democracy movement founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He was a longtime colleague and advisor to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, and is currently the deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS) and chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. Kara-Murza was a candidate for the Russian parliament in 2003, and has served as campaign chairman for presidential candidate Vladimir Bukovsky (2007–08). He is a senior advisor at the Institute of Modern Russia, and was previously a correspondent for RTVi, Novye Izvestia and Kommersant, and editor-in-chief of the Russian Investment Review. Kara-Murza has testified on Russian affairs before several parliaments, and has published op-eds in the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the National Post, Globe and Mail, and World Affairs. He is the author of Reform or Revolution (Moscow 2011), and a contributor to Russia’s Choices: The Duma Elections and After (London 2003), Russian Liberalism: Ideas and People (Moscow 2007), and Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law (London 2013). In 2005, he produced They Chose Freedom, a documentary film on Soviet dissidents. Vladimir Kara-Murza holds an M.A. (Cantab.) in History from Cambridge.
Co-chair in Governance and Politics working group