Defending human rights in Russia

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Date: Spring 2010
From: The Wilson Quarterly(Vol. 34, Issue 2)
Publisher: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Document Type: Article
Length: 656 words
Lexile Measure: 1470L

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KARINNA MOSKALENKO, AN ANIMATED WOMAN in her mid-fifties with short, feathery brown hair, exudes a remarkable air of ingenuousness. A resigned weariness would seem more natural for Russia's foremost human fights lawyer given her high-profile and embattled clientele, which includes Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the imprisoned Yukos chairman, and Garry Kasparov, the chess-grandmaster-turned-political-malcontent.

At a recent Woodrow Wilson Center event on Capitol Hill, Moskalenko expressed ambivalence about the prospect of Russia's graduation from the strictures of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, which denies most-favored-nation status in trade relations to certain states characterized by nonmarket economies and restrictive emigration policies. While narrow in scope, this amendment to the Trade Act of 1974 served as a symbolic rebuke of the Soviet Union's human rights failings. The still-standing law was the subject of two days of discussion in early February organized by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation; the Center's Kennan Institute, which focuses on Russia and other former Soviet states; and the Wilson Center On the Hill program. The latter was...

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