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U.S. Congress - Russian Duma Study Group

Grant Amount

$150,000

Geographic Focus

Russia
Russia

Grantee Location

Washington, DC

United States

Grantee Website

www.afpc.org

Grant Period

April 1, 2001 -
December 31, 2002

The American Foreign Policy Council has been conducting a program to facilitate high-level exchanges between American and Russian legislators and their senior staff. In 1996, an exchange of letters between the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Chairman of the State Duma created a dialogue that led to the creation of the U.S. Congress – Russian Duma Study Group.Multiyear funding will enable the council to organize exchanges between members and senior staff from both legislative bodies, as well as visits of senior political figures in both countries. Activities will include hosting an annual visit of 10 Duma members and four staff to Washington followed by a comparable visit of U.S. Congress members and staff to Moscow; hosting at least one senior staff delegation from each country each year; arranging for approximately 70 members of the Duma and 20 members of the Federation Council to visit the United States in delegations focusing on a single issue; hosting the visit of a major Russian political figure to the United States; and organizing the visit of a major American political figure to Russia.During the past two years, more than 150 Congress and Duma members and staff participated in council exchange programs; and study group delegations explored issues such as missile defense, corruption and money laundering of foreign aid.

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