In May 2012, the Brookings Institution hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders from the international foundation community and foreign policy experts on the situation in Russia. The high-level discussions covered Russia's internal trajectory (including the development of its civil society sector), Russia's external relations, and U.S.-Russia relations. These discussions took place at the very beginning of Putin’s third term as president of Russia, and thus do not reflect subsequent developments of mid-2012, including new laws and regulations restricting rallies and demonstrations, recriminalizing slander, on child pornography and the Internet, and on foreign funding for NGOs.
Participants in the discussion included Carnegie Corporation of New York, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Eurasia Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Oak Foundation, and Open Society Foundations.
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