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Chair Cardin Convenes Lawmakers and Leading Human Rights Groups to Call for Release of Vladimir Kara-Murza and Others Unjustly Imprisoned in Russia

The bipartisan and bicameral event comes ahead of the two-year anniversary of Kara-Murza’s wrongful imprisonment and will feature moving readings of personal letters to be sent to his prison.

The live stream will start at approximately 10am ET.

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, April 9, at 10:00am ET, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will host a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers, human rights groups, and policy organizations to call for the immediate release of Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian opposition leader and journalist who is being unjustly imprisoned by the Russian government for opposing the Putin regime’s attacks on democracy and unprovoked war against Ukraine. The event comes on the eve of the two-year anniversary of his imprisonment on April 11, 2022. Select speakers will read excerpts of personal letters of support and hope written to Kara-Murza to be transmitted to his prison.

WHAT: Senate Foreign Relations Event to Call for Release of Vladimir Kara-Murza and Others Unjustly Imprisoned in Russia
WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 10:00 am – 11:30 am ET
WHERE: U.S. Senate, Dirksen Office Building, SD-419
  • Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) – Chair, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Evgenia Kara-Murza – Wife of Kara-Murza and Human Rights Advocate
  • Damon Wilson – President and CEO, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) – Ranking Member, Senate Foreing Relations Committee
  • Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
  • Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
  • Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)
  • Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the United States, M?ris Selga
  • Deputy Ambassador James Roscoe MVO at the British Embassy in Washington
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Sonata Coulter

Representatives from:

  • McCain Institute
  • Free Russia Foundation
  • Freedom House
  • Center for European Policy Analysis
  • The Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights
  • Global Justice Magnitsky Campaign
  • Human Rights Foundation
  • The Ronald Reagan Institute
  • The George W. Bush Institute
  • Human Rights First

Additional guests to be announced soon.


Media wishing to attend or receive livestream link should RSVP to for additional details.