East and Southeast Europe
The Regional Office FNF ESEE covers 23 countries in East and Southeast Europe. The Regional Office in Sofia coordinates the following Project Offices in the region: Bulgaria and North Macedonia, Greece, Romania and Moldova, Western Balkans, Russia and Central Asia, Ukraine and Belarus, South Caucasus and Turkey.
How to normalize being gay in Russia?
Screenwriter Liza Simbirskaya talks about her approach of gently challenging homophobic narratives through art
Changing the world one fight at a time
Achieving legal and social victories, Nino Bolkvadze does not wait for a better world: she creates it. She was the first openly lesbian running for office in the history of Georgia. Meet the #FemaleForwardInternational ambassador from Georgia.
Prisoner of Conscience: Elchin Ismayilli
Find out the story of the released prisoner of conscience. In March 2021, thanks to a presidential pardon, more than 30 secular and religious opposition figures, have been released from prison in Azerbaijan. Among them is as well the journalist Elchin Ismayilli unjustly incarcerated. In mid-February 2017, police arrested Azerbaijani journalist Elchin Ismayilli and later charged him with bribery, extortion, and abuse of power.
Russian Media and the Rule of Silence
Learn more about how the authorities in Russia are trying to silence independent media. The event “Rule of Silence” was jointly organized by the Kennan Institute and FNF. The distinguished panelists are Pavel Chikov – a Russian lawyer, a human rights advocate and head of the Agora group; Ivan Pavlov – a Team 29 representative; Roman Anin – investigative journalist, ex-partner of OCCRP and editor-in-chief of Important Stories media. Moderated by Sergey Parkhomenko.
Freedom Team Interview with Martin Kothé : Thoughts on Freedom and FNF
Curious to get to know Martin Kothé, our new Regional Director for FNF East and Southeast Europe and Project Director for Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Greece? Watch an animation to discover his thoughts on Freedom and FNF.
Liberal Communicators Network (LCN): Non-Profit Edition
If you are passionate about non-profit communications, you are cordially invited to apply for the ‘Liberal Communicators Network (LCN): Non-Profit Edition’ of the European Liberal Forum (ELF). The Academy ‘Make a Good Message Better’ offers online a series of big-picture inputs by high-level speakers in the summer (7 sessions over 2 weeks: 24 June- 11 July) and 2 specialized workshops and 2 sessions in the autumn on SEO and Social Media in September and October.
Hans van Baalen – A great European
Hans van Baalen, ALDE President and member of the Board of Trustees of the Freedom Foundation, passed away tonight. Like no other, he shaped liberalism in Europe and tirelessly carried the message of freedom to the outside world. From now on, as a liberal family, we must continue alone along the path he blazed. His commitment to a united Europe will remain unforgotten.