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Democracy Building in the Former Soviet Union

When President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Slovakia this week, much of the talk was about democracy, and whether Russia was backtracking from democratic reforms.

The U.S. government has funded a virtual army of non-governmental organizaiton workers who mobilize civil society for such tasks as election monitoring and judicial reforms.

Jennifer Ludden takes a deeper look at what the United States is doing to promote democracy in the former Soviet Union.

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Jennifer Ludden
Jennifer Ludden helps edit energy and environment stories for NPR's National Desk, working with NPR staffers and a team of public radio reporters across the country. They track the shift to clean energy, state and federal policy moves, and how people and communities are coping with the mounting impacts of climate change.