The Institute of Modern Russia (IMR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization—a think tank based in New York. IMR's mission is to foster democratic and economic development in Russia through research, advocacy, public events, and grant-making. We are committed to strengthening respect for human rights, the rule of law, and civil society in Russia. Our goal is to promote a principles-based approach to US-Russia relations and Russia's integration into the community of democracies.

IMR is a federal tax-exempt Section 501(c)(3) public charity, incorporated in New Jersey.

 

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Pavel Khodorkovsky

Pavel Khodorkovsky, President #

Pavel Khodorkovsky is the president of the Institute of Modern Russia, an organization he founded to continue the work his father, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, began through the Open Russia Foundation. The Institute of Modern Russia seeks to promote the development of civil society in Russia by reinforcing the rule of law and strengthening relationships between Russia and other countries. Since his father’s arrest in 2003, Khodorkovsky has been unable to return to Russia for fear of political persecution and actions against him aimed at pressuring his father to abandon his legal battle.

Khodorkovsky holds a degree in business administration from Babson College. In 2011, he cofounded Enertiv, a cleantech energy monitoring company.

Lidiya Dukhovich

Lidiya Dukhovich, Director #

Lidiya Dukhovich is the director and in-house counsel of the Institute of Modern Russia. She holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in economics from Fordham University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, specializing in international law. Previously, she served as IMR’s legal counsel, after four years with the New York City Council. She is licensed to practice law and is an active member of the bar in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

Maria Logan

Maria Logan, Secretary and Treasurer #

Maria Logan, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, received her master’s degree in international law from American University and her M.B.A. from Georgetown University. From 2001 to 2008, Logan was part of the litigation practice group at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. In 2008, she formed her own consultancy practice focusing on Russia and international business and legal affairs.

Boris Bruk

Boris Bruk, Researcher #

Boris Bruk is an expert in democratic governance, organizational development in the public sector, and Russian and U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Previously, he worked as an advisor on international cooperation for the Saratov regional administration in Russia. He was involved, either as an expert or as a coordinator, in a number of projects with participation of the World Bank, the European Commission, and the UK Department for International Development. He has conducted large-scale research for the Commonwealth of Virginia, completed an internship with the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered with the American Red Cross. Bruk holds a Ph.D. in public administration and policy and an M.P.A from Virginia Technical Institute, as well as an M.A. in international studies from the University of Wyoming.

Vladimir V. Kara-Murza

Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, Senior Policy Advisor #

Vladimir Kara-Murza is the author of Reform or Revolution: The Quest for Responsible Government in the First Russian State Duma (Moscow 2011), and a contributor to Russia’s Choices: The Duma Elections and After (London 2003) and Russian Liberalism: Ideas and People (Moscow 2007). In 2005, he produced They Chose Freedom, a television documentary on dissent in the Soviet Union. From 2004 to 2012, he served as the Washington bureau chief of RTVi television, and was previously a correspondent for Novye Izvestia and Kommersant newspapers, and editor-in-chief of the Russian Investment Review. Kara-Murza was a candidate for the Russian parliament in 2003, and has served as an advisor to Duma opposition leader Boris Nemtsov (2000–03), and as campaign chairman for presidential candidate Vladimir Bukovsky (2007–08). He is a member of the Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition, as well as of the federal council of the Republican Party of Russia–People’s Freedom Party and of the Solidarity movement. His op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the National Post, and World Affairs. Vladimir Kara-Murza holds an M.A. in history from Cambridge University, England.

Olga Khvostunova

Olga Khvostunova, Editor-in-Chief of imrussia.org #

Olga Khvostunova is IMR’s political analyst and researcher. She is a well-published journalist and academic writer, and coauthor of Media and Politics, a textbook for graduate students. Previously, she worked as a contributing editor at Kommersant Publishing House in Moscow (2005–2010) and an associate professor in Moscow State University’s journalism department. Her areas of expertise include political linguistics, media, think tanks, Russian politics, and energy markets. She holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in political science (political communications) from Lomonosov Moscow State University. As a 2010 Fulbright Scholar, she conducted a research project on U.S. and Russian think tanks at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.

Michael Weiss

Michael Weiss, Editor-in-Chief of The Interpreter #

Michael Weiss is editor-in-chief of The Interpreter, as well as a columnist for Foreign Policy, the Daily Beast, and NOW Lebanon. A longtime journalist, Weiss has covered the Syrian revolution from its inception, reporting from refugee camps in southern Turkey and from the frontlines of war-torn Aleppo. He has broken several news stories for Foreign Policy, including how Iran has given virtually free oil to the Assad regime in Syria (based on leaked state documents); how Angola’s energy sector works closely with a Swiss commodities trader (and how an Angolan general profits from the relationship); and how Russia fired Grad missiles into eastern Ukraine. He founded The Interpreter as a news and translation service in May 2013. In just over a year, the website has become a high-traffic resource for journalists, diplomats, and policymakers from around the world, with its articles cited by presidents, parliamentarians, ambassadors, and supranational governing bodies.

Grace Lee

Grace Lee, Project Coordinator #

Grace Lee is the project coordinator for the Institute of Modern Russia. She is a recent graduate of Hamilton College, where she received a B.A. in Russian studies with a minor in government. During her junior year abroad, she attended Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia, and was later awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English at Moscow State region Social-Humanitarian Institute in Kolomna, Russia. She is fluent in Russian.

Donald N. Jensen

Donald N. Jensen #

Donald N. Jensen is a resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations in the Nitze School of International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he writes extensively on the politics and foreign policies of Russia and the former Soviet states. He is a regular commentator on post-Soviet affairs for CNBC, Fox Business, and the VOA Russian Service. From 1996 to 2008 he was associate director of broadcasting and director of research at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he was instrumental in expanding the station’s broadcasting to Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, and the North Caucasus, and broadening its web presence. He served in Moscow and Sofia as a Foreign Service officer from 1985–1996, and was a member of the first ten-man U.S. team to inspect Soviet missile bases under the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1988. Jensen received his B.A. from Columbia University and his master’s and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. He is fluent in Russian.

Ekaterina Mishina

Ekaterina Mishina #

A Russian lawyer, Ekaterina Mishina graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Law School, from which she also holds a Ph.D. in law. She worked for the Constitutional Court of Russia, then headed Mostelecom’s legal department. From 2002–2005 she took part in the Law-Making and Regional Journalism projects of the Open Russia Foundation, and from 2007–2010, she worked on two large-scale projects for the INDEM (Information Science for Democracy) Foundation. In the capacity of either general manager or legal expert, she participated in several projects for the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, the European Union, and USAID. She was a visiting scholar at New York University from 1990–1991, had internships in the U.S. Congress and the Washington, D.C., law offices of Gardner, Carton & Douglas in 1993, and took part in the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Russia Experts Forum in 2006. Since 2005 she has worked as an assistant professor for the National Research University’s Higher School of Economics in Moscow, where she teaches comparative constitutional law and specifics of the reforms in the former Soviet Union. Currently, she is a visiting professor at the University of Michigan.

Alexander Podrabinek

Alexander Podrabinek #

Prominent Russian journalist, writer and human rights activist. His articles appeared in Novaya Gazeta, Ezhenedelny Journal (Ej.Ru), Grani.Ru, et al. He is a regular guest at Ekho Moskvy radio station. Podrabinek is also a well-known Soviet dissident and former political prisoner. In 1977, he published a book on psychiatric repressions in the USSR titled Punitive Medicine. It was later published in the United States (in Russian) and Canada (in English).

Elena Servettaz

Elena Servettaz #

Elena Servettaz is a Russian-French journalist and newscaster at Radio France Internationale in Paris, where she covers international affairs, corruption, and money laundering. She is also the editor and author of the book Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law (2013). She is a contributor to France24, The Interpreter, Figaro, Madame, Echo of Moscow, TV Rain, and others. Previously, she worked as the parliamentary correspondent and a special reporter for Moscow Channel 3 and as a correspondent for NTV’s political talk show Freedom of Speech. Servettaz is a graduate of Lomonosov Moscow State University and the French Press Institute in Paris.

Tatyana Stanovaya

Tatyana Stanovaya #

Tatyana Stanovaya is a political analyst with over fifteen years of experience in the field of Russian and foreign politics. She graduated from the International Independent Eco-Politological University with a degree in political science, as well as from Moscow State University with a degree in public administration. She has authored more than 2,000 articles with a focus on political parties, elections, interest groups within the Kremlin, and the “gas wars” in the post-soviet space (published on Politcom.ru, RIA Novosti, and Slon.ru.). Stanovaya currently heads the analytics department of the Center for Political Technologies (CPT) in Moscow. She also represents CPT in France, specializing in reputation management, quality sociological research, and public relations for political agents and business. She also blogs for her own website, stanovaya.com.

Alexander Yanov

Alexander Yanov #

Alexander Yanov is a historian (currently studying the Russian opposition from its inception) and a prominent expert in the field of Russian nationalism. Professor Yanov has taught at the University of California in Berkeley, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the City University of New York. He is author of twenty books translated into many languages, including After Yeltsin: Weimar Russia? (1995), which gave the name to a new research area in historical science in the West. From 2007 to 2009, New Chronograph Publishing released the three-volume culmination of his research, Russia and Europe: 1492–1921.

Lyudmila Alexeeva

Lyudmila Alexeeva #

Lyudmila Alexeeva is chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Russia’s leading human rights organization. In the 1980s, she was one of the original Soviet-era dissidents who spoke out against repression. From 1999 to 2004, she served as president of the International Helsinki Federation of Human Rights, an umbrella group of human rights organizations from thirty-eight countries.

Pavel Khodorkovsky

Pavel Khodorkovsky #

Pavel Khodorkovsky is the president of the Institute of Modern Russia, an organization he founded to continue the work his father, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, began through the Open Russia Foundation. The Institute of Modern Russia seeks to promote the development of civil society in Russia by reinforcing the rule of law and strengthening relationships between Russia and other countries. Since his father’s arrest in 2003, Khodorkovsky has been unable to return to Russia for fear of political persecution and actions against him aimed at pressuring his father to abandon his legal battle. Khodorkovsky holds a degree in business administration from Babson College. In 2011, he cofounded Enertiv, a cleantech energy monitoring company.

Robert Louis Arsenault, Jr.

Robert Louis Arsenault, Jr. #

Robert Louis Arsenault, Jr., is president of the International League for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization based in New York. For sixty years, this organization has been raising human-rights issues and cases before the UN and other intergovernmental organizations, helping to amplify their voices and coordinate strategies for effective human-rights protection.

Margery Kraus

Margery Kraus #

Margery Kraus is founder and executive officer of APCO Worldwide, a global consulting firm headquartered in Washington, that specializes in public affairs, communication, and business consulting for major multinationals.

Lidiya Dukhovich

Lidiya Dukhovich #

Lidiya Dukhovich is the director and in-house counsel of the Institute of Modern Russia. She holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in economics from Fordham University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, specializing in international law. Previously, she served as IMR’s legal counsel, after four years with the New York City Council. She is licensed to practice law and is an active member of the bar in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

 

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“I don’t feel any responsibility [for the rifts existing within the Russian society], though I might need to think about how I use the terms [‘opposition’ and ‘fifth column’]. The line is very fine. But it’s impossible to put glitter on everything all the time.”

— Russian president Vladimir Putin

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