Russia's Real Friends in the West

Sunday, January 27, 2013

An op-ed by Deana Arsenian, Vice President for International Program and Program Director for Russia and Eurasia at the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

For the last nine years, President Vladimir Putin has hosted the Valdai International Discussion Club, devoting time and attention to leading Russia experts from around the world. Putin's interest in these discussions suggests that he is open to alternative perspectives about Russia's development and global role. But his government's position toward nongovernmental institutions with foreign ties and foreign organizations operating in Russia raises concerns that it has lost sight of the value of international cooperation...

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