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The Foundation’s grantmaking in Russia focuses on human rights and global engagement.

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Our Grantmaking in Russia

The Foundation first established a special grantmaking initiative for Russia in 1991 and has maintained an office in Moscow since 1992, led by a staff of Russians who know and love their country. Here, grantmaking seeks to support universities and other institutions engaged in research and training; enhance the skills and capacities of scholar-practitioners, and sustain and encourage links among them and with their colleagues abroad; and support the development of effective human rights protections. The Foundation currently makes two types of grants in the Russian Federation: grants for universities and scholarly infrastructure, and for human rights.

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MacArthur Awards Nearly $10 Million in Grants to Defend Free Expression, Enhance Criminal Justice Internationally

The 22 grants support efforts to establish and protect an open and secure internet and to develop new technologies that will help protect human rights advocates and journalists at risk of physical security threats, legal harassment ... Read More

"Fighting the Good Fight in Russia"

Los Angeles Times
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Charting Global Human Rights Philanthropy

The Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group have partnered to create the first data-driven portrait of how foundations are advancing human rights around the world. Read More

"Backtracking in Russia"

From The New York Times
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Video: Sustainable Hydro-Development for Ecosystem Protection

A video produced by the Natural Heritage Institute (NHI) illuminates innovative tools and techniques for operating dams that help protect and restore ecological systems and support human food production. Read More
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Arctic Funders’ Group Consultation

MacArthur hosted a meeting in July 2012 on the Russian Arctic as part of the Foundation’s interest in exploring the possibility of funding projects as part of our new them of “Russia’s Global Engagement.” Read More
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Meeting of Russia Experts and Donors

This report summarizes a meeting held in May 2012 between U.S. donors who have been active in Russia, including MacArthur, regarding the possibilities for constructive grantmaking in Russia moving forward. Read More

Human Rights Watch Wins Peabody Awards

Human Rights Watch, a MacArthur grantee, won two Peabodies for multimedia work on gold mining in Papua New Guinea and Russian civil society. Read More
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Carnegie Moscow Center, 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

Carnegie Moscow Center, a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, produces impartial analysis of Russian politics and policy.

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Study Maps Networks on Russian Twitter

A new report from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society delineates several networks within Russia’s Twitter ecosystem centered on topics ranging from politics to music to geographical position. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Barry Lowenkron

Barry Lowenkron

Vice President, International Programs
Portrait of Igor Zevelev

Igor Zevelev

Director, Russia Office
Portrait of Mary R. Page

Mary R. Page

Director, Human Rights and International Justice
Portrait of John W. Slocum

John W. Slocum

Director, Migration
Portrait of Mikhail Troitskiy

Mikhail Troitskiy

Associate Director, Russia Office

Olga Abalakina

Program Assistant, Russia

Zoya Fedorova

Office Services Assistant, Russia

Igor G. Kadiaev

Technical Assistant, Russia

Natalie Osipova

Chief Accountant, Russia