Khodorkovsky, other Kremlin critics to attend this week's Vilnius Russia Forum

Mikhail Khodorkovsky at the Vilnius Russia Forum two years ago

More than 100 politicians, civil society activists, academicians and journalists from various countries are expected to attend the fourth Vilnius Russia Forum to be held in the Lithuanian capital this week, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The forum has been held annually since 2013 to discuss Russia's domestic and foreign policy issues, the human rights situation and the country's relations with the West, as well as Russia's development trends, its economic situation, the fight against Russian propaganda and other relevant issues, it said in a press release.

This year's event will focus on popular moods in Russia and potential changes in these moods ahead of the country's 2018 presidential election, as well as other processes concerning the election.

Participants of the Vilnius Russia Forum, which will take place on Thursday and Friday, include the Kremlin's critics Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Vladimir Kara-Murza, as well as Mikhail Kasyanov and Ilya Yashin, the leaders of the People's Freedom Party, or PARNAS, and Zhanna Nemtsova, the daughter of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered two years ago.

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