From November 29 to December 12, The Institute of Modern Russia presented a unique photographic portrait exhibition entitled "Russian Visionaries. Into the Light" at the 25CPW Gallery in New York City.

Updated: exhibitions took place in New York, Moscow, Berlin и Paris.


Alexei Navalny, Lawyer, Public Figure, Founder of “RosPil” [Anti-Corruption Project]

It doesn’t make any difference if it’s March 2012 or March 2013. In reality, no dates or deadlines have any meaning. The exact date of the election makes no difference. Putin and his cronies, with the help of their political will, usurped power in our country and are using it to get rich. They will remain in power until we find our own political will to remove them. For this reason, the prognosis is not based on any measures Putin takes. The prognosis is entirely dependent on us.



Alexei Navalny was born in the Moscow region in 1976. He received a law degree from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, followed by a degree in finance and credit from the Financial University of the Government of the Russian Federation. In 2000, he joined the “Yabloko” political party, where he took an active role in socio-political activities and participated in the founding of a series of youth and civic movements. In 2007, Navalny was expelled from Yabloko because he called for a change in the party’s leadership (in particular, its long-time leader, Grigory Yavlinsky) and the replacement of more than 70% of its membership.

Beginning in 2008, Navalny launched several anti-corruption projects aimed at investigating abuses in large Russian corporations. The activities of companies such as VTB, Sberbank, Rosneft, Gazprom Neft, and Surgutneftgas caught the attention of the project. Navalny’s publication about the embezzlement of funds at Transneft elicited a huge response. Making reference to the company’s accounting documents, Navalny accused its management of stealing 120 billion rubles during the building of the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline. In December 2010, he launched the “RosPil” project, devoted to the war on corruption in government acquisitions and transactions, and in May 2011, he launched the “RosYama” project, which is focused on repairing Russia’s roadways.

“The Russia we dream of seeing is completely different. A country from which capital isn’t fleeing, talented people aren’t fleeing, but on the contrary, one that attracts enterprising people from all over the world. Where the only criterion in business is how good you are at what you do. If you’re talented and not afraid of work, then you’ll certainly achieve success, irrespective of how close your friendship with the president is.”

— Founder of Open Russia Mikhail Khodorkovsky during his speech at Stanford University. Full text of the speech is available here.


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