Roundtable Discussion on Legal Ways to Seize and Use Frozen Russian Assets for the Reconstruction of Ukraine

2022-12-05 | Events, Asset confiscation

Every day, we are deploring enormous numbers of (civilian) victims in Ukraine. Additionally, we are witnessing immense damages caused by the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Rebuilding Ukraine after the war will be costly: A cautious estimate puts the price tag of 600 billion € on this mammoth task.

As you know, this is a long-standing demand by the European Parliament, which we expressed in resolutions and public statements. One solution put on the table is the use of frozen Russian assets – private or public. Obviously, this is no easy task, but we are ready to explore legal pathways.

Therefore, at this critical moment, we organized a high-level roundtable discussion on legal ways to seize and use frozen Russian assets for the reconstruction of Ukraine. World-renowned experts from academia, civil society, institutions, and Ukrainian authorities joined our panel, which you can watch by following this link.




7 December, 1:30pm

MAKE RUSSIA PAY: Legal Ways to Seize and Use Frozen Russian Assets for the Reconstruction of Ukraine

Wednesday, 7 December 2022, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Room ASP 5 F 385 of the European Parliament in Brussels/remote participation by WebEx.


A roundtable discussion hosted by

Vlad Gheorghe, MEP (EPP),

Andrius Kubilius, MEP (Renew) and

Dr Sergey Lagodinsky, MEP (Greens/EFA)


Distinguished speakers:


H.E. Mr Vsevolod Chentsov

Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU

Dr Nils Behrndt

Deputy Director-General, DG JUST, European Commission

Mr Bill Browder

Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign

Ms Veronica Dragalin

Head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, Moldova

Mr Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi

Advisor of the Office of the President of Ukraine

Mr Roland Papp

Senior Policy Officer – Illicit Financial Flows, Transparency International

Dr Paula Rhein-Fischer

Research Fellow, Academy of European Human Rights Protection of the University of Cologne

Moderated by Ms Alice Stollmeyer, Founder and Executive Director of Defend Democracy.