Vladimir Kara-Murza

Moscow/Washington

Russia, human rights, democracy

Education: M.A. (Cantab.) in History from Cambridge

Vladimir Kara-Murza is a Russian politician, author, and historian who has been imprisoned in Moscow since April for speaking out against the war on Ukraine. A longtime colleague of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, he was a candidate for the Russian Parliament and served as deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party. Leading diplomatic efforts on behalf of the opposition, Kara-Murza played a key role in the adoption of targeted Magnitsky sanctions on Russian human rights violators in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Great Britain. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called him “one
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