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      November 12, 2020

      Thursday   3:00 PM

      Oxford Road
      Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL

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      Research Seminar: Putin's Human Rights

      Join Sergei Nikitin (former Director of the Amnesty International representative office in Russia) and chair Dr Luke Kelly (HCRI) for a virtual seminar covering difficulties faced by human rights defenders in Russia (police harassment, the threat of the Amnesty International Russia office closure, the foreign agents list, the undesirable organisations list, etc) with examples from Sergei's personal experiences.

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      Speaker Bio:

      Sergei Nikitin was born in Gomel, USSR in 1957. He studied the physics of semiconductors at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute and worked at scientific research institutes in Leningrad and Gatchina. Trying to live adventurously, Sergei had many occupations, some scientific, and others artistic or humanitarian. He worked as a painter-decorator for a Leningrad Restoring Company in museums and old Russian estates. He learned English through the Beatles’ songs. Sergei has been involved in historical research work on “Quakers and Russia” since 1996. In 1999, he started his job for an international Quaker organisation Friends House Moscow as a director of the office. From 2003 he had worked as the Head of Amnesty International representative office in Russia for 14 years. In June 2017 Sergei retired and moved with his family to High Peak, where he lives with his wife Jenny and their 10 years old son Ivan.

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