Russia Debate at the Oxford Union

  • Event Start: 23rd February 2017, 8:30pm
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* To ballot for a place at the debate dinner and receptions with the speakers, click here: The ballot will close at 23:59 on Monday 20 February 2017. * "This House Believes The West Treats Russia Unfairly" Engaging with a question which is becoming ever more pressing and controversial, this motion challenges the moralising stance of Western governments that have sought to justify animosity towards, and sanctions against, Russia as being a result of its conduct. Are these necessary and proportionate responses to aggression, or an excessive and uncompromising backlash mired in hypocrisy? SPEAKERS Proposition Yevgeny Chichvarkin: Russian entrepreneur and founder of phone retailer Euroset, who became the richest man under 35 in Russia. Chichvarkin, worth $1.6 billion, has previously campaigned against corruption in Russia and President Putin, and has been subject to trial in absentia. Opposition Sir Malcolm Rifkind: Former Foreign and Defence Secretary. Sir Malcolm served extensively in the Cabinet under both Thatcher and Major, and was Chair of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee from 2010 to 2015. Sir Roderic Lyne: Former UK Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Sir Roderic is now Vice Chairman of Chatham House, and a member of the Board of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce.