VILNIUS – The Lithuanian capital is hosting the 9th Vilnius Russia Forum on Friday.
This year's event will focus on Russia's military aggression against Ukraine and the future of Russia, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has said.
The forum will also discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation and repression of Russian civil society and restrictions on the media.
This year’s participants include Russian opposition figures Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Garry Kasparov, and Jan Raczynsky, head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning international human rights organization Memorial.
The Vilnius Russia Forum has been held since 2014 to discuss Russia's domestic and foreign policy issues, the human rights situation, and Russia's relations with the West.
The annual event brings together a large number of experts, politicians, civil society representatives, human rights advocates, academics and journalists from Russia as well as Lithuania and other Western countries.