The Azat Miftakhov Days Against the War took place on Tuesday and Wednesday July 5-6, 2022.
It was organized by the Azat Miftakhov Committee and the prominent Russian NGO Memorial Human Rights Center, in solidarity with Azat Miftakhov, a graduate student from Moscow State University who has been arbitrarily imprisoned by Russian state authorities since February 2019.
In view of the unprecedented brutality and destructiveness of Russia’s criminal aggression against Ukraine, we have renamed our event, that was originally announced before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, into “Azat Miftakhov Days Against the War”. As we continue to fight for Azat’s release from prison, we stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian mathematicians and the people of Ukraine who suffer the terrible brunt of the war.
Tuesday July 5, 2022 from 4pm to 7pm Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) – online
Ilya Kapovich (Hunter College of CUNY, member of the Azat Miftakhov Committee)
Opening remarks (text available here)
Wednesday July 6, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) – hybrid, online and in person at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) in Paris
A panel to assess the human rights situation in Russia through the cases of persecuted academics (texts of the speeches)
– Chandler Davis, mathematician, University of Toronto
– Alexander Cherkasov, Chair of the Council of the Memorial Human Rights Centre
– Fabien Durand, President of the French Mathematical Society
– Elena Gorban, Azat Miftakhov’s wife
– Barry Mazur, mathematician, the Gerhard Gade University Professor at Harvard University, member of Scholars at Risk Harvard
– Grigory Durnovo, OVD-info
– Maria Menshikova DOXA
– Vera Chelishcheva, independent journalist
– Ilya Nuzov, Head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
– Rachel Denber, Deputy Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, specializes in countries of the former Soviet Union
– Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International Moscow Office Director
– Martin Andler, mathematician, Université de Versailles St Quentin, for Memorial France