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The Institute of Modern Russia (IMR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization—a think tank—headquartered in New York City. It was founded in February 2010, by leading experts in Russia-US relations and human rights. According to the Institute's mission statement, "through its research, advocacy, public events and grant-making, IMR is committed to fostering democratic values, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and the development of civil society in Russia; the promotion of a principles-based U.S.-Russia dialogue; and the integration of a modern and forward-looking Russia into the community of democracies."

Institute of Modern Russia
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FormationFebruary 2010
TypeNonprofit organization

The president of IMR is Pavel Khodorkovsky, the son of Mikhail Khodorkovsky; the Institute's advisors include Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, Richard Sakwa and Andrei Piontkovsky. Lyudmila Alexeyeva is a Trustee of the Institute.

IMR is a federal tax-exempt Section 501(c)(3) public charity, incorporated in New Jersey.

The Institute ran a special project called The Interpreter, a daily online journal committed to translating Russian-language media and blogs into English and publishing original features, reports, op-eds and interviews, with the goal of making the Russian-speaking world accessible to Western journalists, analysts, policymakers, diplomats and laymen. In January 2016, the magazine was absorbed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.[1]


  1. ^ "The Interpreter Joins RFE/RL".

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