Democracy Building in the Former Soviet Union

President Bush and Russian President Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush look at journalists after their meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia on Feb. 24. Reuters hide caption

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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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