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IRI's programming in Russia supports the development of a more open, participatory and democratic society.  IRI supports the political and civic development of the country by promoting and supporting engagement between citizens and political actors.  IRI’s programming represents a unique blend of politically-oriented trainings and events designed to promote a nationwide grassroots democratic movement.  Grouped under four categories – civic leadership development, youth and women leadership, legislative exchange, and regional and local development – IRI’s programs seek out opportunities to foster the leadership, institutions and popular support needed to ensure that Russia achieves the democracy it was promised with the fall of communism almost 20 years ago.