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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

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NDI has been working to support and strengthen democratic institutions in the Russian Federation since the early 1990s by stimulating greater citizen participation in decision-making processes and strengthening civic organizations and political parties through international exchanges of experience.

NDI Russia has partnered with civic organizations in St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Yaroslavl, Chelyabinsk, Syktyvkar, Moscow, Astrakhan, Kaliningrad and Nizhniy Novgorod, among other regions. The Institute seeks to share its internationally recognized expertise with non-partisan election observation groups, promote constructive dialogue on issues of mutual interest to Russians and their international counterparts, strengthen civic organizations and political parties through international exchange programs and support of Russian initiatives for citizen engagement in politics at the regional level.

NDI’s regional work aims to assist political, civic and government partners interested in community outreach, organizational capacity development, and constructive dialogue between civil society and government to achieve community well-being. The Institute works through consultations, workshops and issues conferences. NDI Russia is an officially registered representative office of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. It is not a grant-making organization and its activities are directed toward facilitating organizations and individuals in their efforts to improve their effectiveness as civic actors and government officials.

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Public Forums

NDI Russia facilitates discussions on important issues affecting citizens’ daily lives, via forums with elected officials and policymakers, roundtables for NGOs sharing common concerns, and advocacy and citizen participation workshops. The events bring together a diverse group of experts, activists and officials to share experiences, perspectives and best practices on issues of interest to Russian audiences.

Since 2009, NDI has held a series of workshops in Yaroslavl, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Syktyvkar for representatives of regional and local governments, NGOs, universities and small businesses on methods of building positive and constructive relations between local government, citizens and civil society. As a follow up to these workshops, NDI has held open forums for civil society participants to discuss important issues with their colleagues and local government aimed at resolving community problems.

Promoting Youth Engagement

NDI Russia helps young Russian community leaders develop greater capacity to effectively engage in civic and political processes and provides opportunities for them to compare experiences and share ideas with their international peers.

Since 2009 NDI has organized study programs to Brussels, which allow Russian youth to compare Russian and European political processes and explore how European youth participate in public life. During the one-week study programs, participants meet with representatives of nongovernmental organizations, political parties and government agencies at the European, national and local levels, and take part in practical workshops designed to help them apply European experience to their work in Russia. The Institute assists participants in applying lessons learned in local civic activism to help them organize social and educational projects to benefit their home communities in Russia.

Also, NDI has supported a network of youth debate clubs in Pskov, Karelia, Veliky Novgorod, St. Petersburg and Arkhangelsk. The debates offer unique venues for public discussion of youth-related issues in an informal setting. Debate leaders and participants represent a diverse cross section of youth society in each region, including a broad spectrum of political and civic groups.

Legislative Exchanges

NDI conducts an exchange program for Russian legislators and political and civic leaders to discuss policy issues with their counterparts in the U.S. The aim of the visits is to help policymakers on both sides broaden their perspectives and better design their own approaches to key domestic policy issues. In 2009 and 2010, NDI arranged a study mission to the U.S. for Russian regional government officials and media professionals in partnership with the Russian NGO Institute for Democracy and Development, and also organized a trip for local government officials from Leningrad Oblast and St. Petersburg to share experiences in urban planning and regional economic development with their counterparts in Maryland. NDI also organized a trilateral dialogue in Washington, D.C., between members of the European Parliament, State Duma deputies, and members of Congress on issues related to economics, security and governance.

Election Observation

Since 2000, NDI has worked with GOLOS, an independent, nonpartisan, Russian election observation network covering over 40 regions. NDI provides ongoing consultation and training for the organization’s regional partners, sharing its international election observation expertise. NDI is open to cooperating with all domestic groups that believe in free and fair elections, impartial and objective election observation and internationally accepted election observation standards.

Contact Information

For more information about these programs, use our contact form or contact:

Washington, D.C.
Laura Jewett, Regional Director

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03/05/2012 Preliminary Report of the Russian Presidential Elections
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12/01/2005 NDI 2005 Annual Report
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12/12/2003 Russian Domestic Monitors Say Election Violations Call Vote Tabulation Process into Question
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11/07/2003 Fourth statement on the results of long term observation of State Duma elections, 2003 For the period November 7
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07/01/1999 Russian Election Reports 1999
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12/09/1994 NIS Exchange and Training Project: Special Election I, October 22-November 12, 1994, Final Report
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12/09/1994 NIS Exchanges and Training Project Women in the Political Process II, October 21-November 11, 1994 Final Report
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11/07/1994 NIS Exchanges and Training Project Political Party Development II, September 6-23, 1994 Final Report
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01/01/1994 Guidelines for Election Broadcasting in Transitional Democracies
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11/23/1993 Russia: NDI Pre-Election Report on the December 1993 Elections
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11/23/1993 NDI Pre-Election Report for the December 1993 Elections in the Russian Federation
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12/30/1992 Russia: Strategic Campaign Planning in 1992 (a draft)
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04/01/1992 Strengthening Local Democracy in the Former Soviet Union, 1990-1992
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