Open World Reaches 15,000 Participants From Russia

Maxim Grevtsev
Photo of Anastasia Glukhova
Anastasia Glukhova

Open World Reaches 15,000 Participants From Russia

The Open World Leadership Center, a Congressional agency working to increase U.S.-Eurasian understanding and partnerships, will welcome its 15,000th participant from Russia on October 3. In celebration of this milestone, Open World will honor both the 15,000th and 15,001st delegates in a ceremony on October 4, 2012. The delegates are part of a large group of alumni from the Moscow School of Political Studies that will be hosted in Chicago, IL from October 7 – 13th by Open World’s host and grantee Supporters of Civil Society in Russia, Inc.

The honorees are:

Maxim Grevtsev, 29, is from Stavropol, in southwestern Russia. Mr. Grevtsev is employed by REN TV, and hosts a popular program called “Five Questions”, an interactive talk show featuring prominent guests and covering important Russian and world issues.

Anastasia Glukhova, 27, of Tyumen, in Siberia not far from the Kazakh border, is a journalist for “Mir Pressy”. Ms. Glukhova also blogs extensively on human rights and economic and political issues at

The delegation will spend four days in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Open World Leadership Center before departing for Chicago for the rest of their intense program. While in Washington D.C., the delegates will attend an orientation featuring:

• Alice G. Wells, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia, National Security Council on “The State of US-Russian Relations: Challenges and Opportunities”

• Matthew Murray, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration on “Developing the US-Russian Economic Agenda and the Fight Against Corruption”

• Jason Bruder, Senior Policy Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on “The Role of Congress in the Formulation of U.S. Foreign Policy”

• Susan Eisenhower, Founding Director, The Eisenhower Institute on “US-Russian Relations: The Long-term Perspective”

Open World’s local hosts provide professional local programming, including visits to state and local leaders, as well as significant hands on programming with grassroots organizations. The effort of the local host is integral to the program.

Open World has introduced more than 18,400 current and future decision makers from Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union to American political and civic life, and its free market economy; and Open World delegations spend significant time with their American counterparts in similar occupations and fields. Open World delegates range from first-time mayors to veteran journalists, from nonprofit directors to small-business advocates, and from political activists to judges at all levels.

In addition to Russia, Open World also operates dynamic programs in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999 to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003, Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program, and in 2005, any other country that is designated by the Board of Trustees. Open World promotes partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts.

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