Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
234 Ford House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-6460
Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
Media Contact: Neil Simon
December 17, 2009


WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) will hold a briefing:

"Russia’s Muslims"

Thursday, Dec. 17

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

1539 Longworth House Office Building

The Russian Federation is one of the most culturally and religiously diverse countries in the world. Islam, brutally suppressed in the Soviet period, is once again a dynamic and growing religion in numerous regions of Russia, especially the North Caucasus. Russian Islam has a unique history and character that does not appear to be well understood in Moscow, let alone Washington. Please join us for what promises to be an informative discussion with world class experts on a most interesting and relevant community - Russia's Muslims.

Panelists include:

Mr. Paul Goble, Professor, Institute of World Politics

Dr. Shireen Hunter, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent agency of the Federal Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental and military cooperation in 56 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce.