Vladimir Kara-Murza
Vladimir Kara-Murza

Vladimir Kara-Murza is a leading Russian democracy activist who was twice poisoned in Moscow, in May 2015 and February 2017, leaving him in a coma and on life support. The murder attempts were widely viewed as politically motivated.

Mr. Kara-Murza was a longtime colleague of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, and serves as vice-chair of the Open Russia movement, and chair of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom.

He has testified on Russian affairs before parliaments in Europe and North America, and played a key role in the campaign for the passage of the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 U.S. law that imposed targeted sanctions on Russian human rights violators.

Mr. Kara-Murza writes regular commentary for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, World Affairs, and other periodicals. He is the author of Reform or Revolution (2011), and a contributor to Russia’s Choices: The Duma Elections and After (2003), Russian Liberalism: Ideas and People (2007), Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law (2013), and Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics: Power and Resistance (2018).

Mr. Kara-Murza is the director of two documentary films, They Chose Freedom, on the dissident movement in the former Soviet Union, and Nemtsov.

Mr. Kara-Murza holds an M.A. (Cantab.) in History from Cambridge.