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Protecting Democracy from the Seeds of Authoritarianism: Eastern Europe and Russia

The rise of authoritarianism is an existential challenge to our democratic societies. Contemporary authoritarianism now poses an ideological test to the liberal order in a way not seen since the end of the Cold War. There is a very real risk that this could lead to a “spillover effect” whereby authoritarian tendencies permeate established democracies.

Through the democracy defenders’ and activists’ testimonies, Club de Madrid will support their fight and raise awareness of the need to protect, nurture and promote democracy by all means and at all times. By the same token, the participation of Club de Madrid Members in the initiative drew attention to testimonies that may otherwise go unnoticed and opened spaces for activists and civil society representatives to shed light on their fights against authoritarianism.

With the support of the US Embassy, Club de Madrid held a series of dialogues between Club de Madrid Members and democracy activists to provide holistic support and protection to human rights and democracy defenders, supporting the United States, Spain and European Union efforts in this matter. At the same time, Club de Madrid Members have used their good offices and experience to provide advice, visibility and international protection to participating activists.

The event tooke place on 16 March, 16:00 -17:30 CET.