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October 12, 2017
2017 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of two Russian revolutions. The February Revolution began when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupted in St. Petersburg. Russians had lost faith in their government, the economy was horrendous and corruption was rampant. Demonstrators took to... Read More
September 08, 2017
The residents of Moscow will go to polling stations on September 10, 2017, to elect their municipal district deputies. With typically low voter turnout, sometimes in the single digits, these elections regularly garner little attention from the local population and Russian political parties. But... Read More
March 30, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Ivana Tufegdzik from Macedonia shares her story about the first time she voted.   Read More
August 24, 2016
There is a photo on the wall of IRI's Kyiv office as you enter of a young child sitting on his father’s shoulders wearing a "Ukraine" headband and waving a small Ukrainian flag.  It was taken at the 1996 Ukrainian Independence Day parade by IRI's Senior Advisor for Eurasia, Chris Holzen.... Read More
July 29, 2016
Election Day, especially in a country that is barely more than a decade from its democratic transition, and only four years removed from its first peaceful transfer of power, is always a crucial test of a political system’s resiliency.  In Georgia, that first peaceful transfer of power... Read More
June 15, 2016
This month we launched the Women’s Democracy Network’s (WDN) largest chapter. The induction of Zhenskaya Demokratichyskaya Set (ZDS) into WDN now adds more than 4,000 politically and socially active women leaders in Kyrgyzstan. The event commenced with inspiring... Read More
December 21, 2015
Among those of us who work on the Russia program at IRI, we often explain to people not familiar with our line of work but also within the Institute, that we are working hard to promote democratic ideals and support a more pluralistic society in a country with 11 time zones and a nuclear arsenal.... Read More
October 19, 2015
On October 3, Germans celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their country’s unification.  Although it seems like a foregone conclusion today, many doubted not just the physical unification of the country, but the cultural unity as well.  Ukraine faces similar challenges. ... Read More
August 20, 2015
July 22-24, Erika Veberyte, Senior Advisor to the President, and I led a delegation of civil society representatives from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Russia, and Serbia to the Community of Democracies (CD) VIII Ministerial Conference hosted by the Government of El Salvador. Established 15 years... Read More