On the Passing of Open World Program Alumnus Alexei Navalny

Washington, DC, February 16, 2024 | Maura Shelden, COIL (202-294-8908)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional Office for International Leadership expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Alexei Navalny, a 2005 Open World program alumnus.

The Open World program was Mr. Navalny’s first trip to the United States. His local governance-themed delegation was hosted by the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas, where he stayed with a host family, visiting the Dallas City Hall, the Texas Youth Commission, and the historic Stockyards rodeo. Even then, he was recognized for his unique perspective and convictions on the challenges facing his nation.

Mr. Navalny’s extraordinary life was defined by service to his country – an attitude of civic-mindedness, freedom, and human responsibility that COIL seeks to foster in our program. Today, we are especially aware of his history with the Open World program and will continue to affirm the ideals that he fought for – ideals that both the United States and Russia aspire to at their best.

Today, Russia lost a leader of profound conscience, but we believe that his legacy will live on in the Russian citizens who remain committed to justice and reform.

COIL, a Support Agency of the Congress

Founded in 1999 by Congress, the Congressional Office for International Leadership maintains a vast network of more than 31,000 alumni in partner countries. Its Open World program supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish authentic communication and enduring relations that are maintained through its extensive alumni network. Program participants are provided with exposure to the work of Congress, American politics, accountable governance, and volunteerism while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about the Open World program, please visit @OWProgram