|4/21/2005: Combating Intolerance in Russia|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON - Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for an on-the-record briefing regarding the troubling rise of religious intolerance in the Former Soviet Union, and efforts that are being made to combat it.
The discussion will feature a leading human rights advocate in Russia, Valentin Gefter, General Director of the Human Rights Institute, Moscow; and representatives of an innovative religious tolerance program operating in Russia, Colonel Boronbekov of Russian Law Enforcement (MVD), and Pnina Levermore, Executive Director of the Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal.
Mr. Gefter is currently in Washington, D.C. as a Galina Starovoitva Fellow at the Kennan Institute. Ms. Levermore is the founder of the Climate of Trust program, which is an exchange of Russian and American police officers, District Attorneys, judges and community leaders to promote tolerance and fight anti-Semitism in the Former Soviet Union. Colonel Boronbekov is the Russian Coordinator of the Climate of Trust program.
WHO: Colonel Sultonbek Boronbekov, Ms. Pnina Levermore, Mr. Valentin Gefter
WHEN: April 26, 2005, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.