About Free Russia

The Free Russia Foundation is a nonprofit,
nonpartisan, nongovernmental U.S.-based
organization, led by Russians abroad that seeks to
be a voice for those who can’t speak under the
repression of the current Russian leadership.

ABOUT

We represent and coordinate the Russia diaspora. We pay special attention to those who have recently left Russia due to the considerable deterioration of the political and economic situation.

The Free Russia Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental U.S.-based organization, led by Russians abroad that seeks to be a voice for those who can’t speak under the repression of the current Russian leadership. We represent and coordinate the Russia diaspora. We pay special attention to those who have recently left Russia due to the considerable deterioration of the political and economic situation. We are focused on developing a strategic vision of Russia 'After Putin’ and ‘Without Putinism’ and concrete program for the transition period. We will continue to inform international policy-makers, mass media and opinion leaders on the real situation in Russia. We know firsthand the reality taking place in our country, and have suffered for this; therefore we understand this better than many other people. We maintain our extensive networks of key political, business and civil society leaders throughout Russia. This gives us access to news and events in real time. In addition, we are a hub for recently transplanted Russians and experts on every aspect of Russian society.

Free Russia Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 Public Charity.

WHAT WE DO

Represent and coordinate the new generation of the Russian diaspora in the U.S. and Europe

Provide intellectual and fundraising support to Russia civil society

Provide analytical support to U.S. and European decision-makers and foreign policy institutions

Ensure the flow of information and communication between Russia’s democratic opposition and U.S. and European lawmakers, opinion leaders and NGOs

Offer educational and cultural programs for American, European and Russian audiences

WHO WE ARE

We are a community of concerned Russians located both outside and inside Russia. Furthermore, we are passionate about the destiny of our country and seek positive changes in its political, economic and social development.

We are known within activists networks, by political analysts and to the general public as a new generation of civil society, political leaders and entrepreneurs.

We are successful professionals who have a progressive vision for the future of our motherland.

We are global citizens, with a global perspective. We are also equally familiar with life in the U.S., Europe and Russia.

OUR VISION

We are working to improve Russia, as a modern democratic country with transparent public institutions and a strong civil society.

The Russia we want should:

Be based upon the rule of law and respect human rights

Be based upon the principle of separation of powers and the transition to parliamentary democracy

Introduce freedom of entrepreneurship and demonopolization of the economy

Develop the middle class as a political force

Be governed by smaller, stronger and more stable political institutions. These institutions will continue to function regardless of electoral cycles and changes in leadership

Be federalized, with most power devolved to local government

Seek global cooperation and integration with the EU and the U.S.

Carry out a policy of in-depth lustration of the current regime

OUR TEAM

Natalia Arno

President of Free Russia Foundation

OUR EXPERTS


Denis Sokolov

Denis  is an expert on North Caucasus focusing on the informal economy of the region, land disputes, and institutional foundations of military conflicts.

He is a senior research fellow at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and research director at the Center for Social and Economic Research of Regions (RAMCOM).

Melissa Hooper

Melissa is Director of Europe and Eurasia Policy at Human Rights First, where she advocates for U.S. foreign policy that is accountable under human rights principles.  

Melissa is the former Moscow-based Regional Director of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative where she directed rule of law and  human rights-focused programming in Russia and several other countries. She has worked in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan on issues related to rule of law and human rights.

Sergey Aleksashenko
Sergey Aleksashenko

Economist. Director of Macroeconomic Research Department of State Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Former Deputy Finance Minister of Russia (1993 – 1995) and first deputy head of Central Bank of Russia (1995 – 1998). Expert in problems of taxes, privatization and economic sociology.

Maria Snegovaya
Maria Snegovaya

PhD candidate at Columbia University. Expert on the sources of support for the populist parties in the Eastern Europe.

Regular contributor to The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The New Republic, and columnist at Russia’s “Vedomosti” business daily.

OUR PARTNERS