Can Russian NGOs truly monitor Western democracy?

Elena Panfilova, Director of the Centre for Anti-Corruption Research and 'Transparency International-Russia' initiative and Edward Lozansky, President of the American University in Moscow

1967 - Born in Russia
1989 - Graduates, Moscow State University
1989 - Research Fellow, Institute for Independent Social Studies, Moscow
1994 - Project Manager Assistant, IRIS Centre, Maryland University
1997 - Graduates, Diplomatic Academy, Russian Foreign Ministry
1997 - Freelance political columnist, “Otkrytaya Politica” (open politics) magazine, Moscow
1997 - Visiting Researcher, Centre for Political International Studies, Moscow/Monterey, CA
1999 - Visiting Expert, Project Manager, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris
2000 - Director, Centre for Anti-Corruption Research and Initiative “Transparency International-Russia”

At the end of last year two institutions were created in Russia: Institute of Democracy and Co-operation, initiated by the well-known lawyer and a member of the Public Chamber, and the International Institute for Comparative Studies of Political Cultures, established by a number of NGOs and chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. Are these institutions Russia’s answer to "Freedom House"? Elena Panfilova, Director of the Centre for Anti-Corruption Research and 'Transparency International-Russia' initiative and Edward Lozansky, President of the American University in Moscow are in our studio to share there opinion.