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RAF in the News

“The Russian American Foundation’s continued contributions to cultural, educational, and sports programs in the United States and Russia help foster greater understanding between the people of the United States and the Russian Federation. Such programs highlight the things that the American and Russian people have in common.”

Honorable Michael A. McFaul
US Ambassador to Moscow
May 2012

“The work of Russian American Foundation to support Russian language and culture and the development of Russian-American cultural cooperation makes a large contribution to the preservation and expansion of Russian culture in the United States. The successful continuation of RAF’s programs is, without a doubt, a positive investment in the process of further developing relations between our countries.”

Honorable Igor L. Golubovskiy
Russian Consul General to New York
December 2012


In 2017, for the eighth year in a row, the Russian American Foundation has been selected for the highly prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with American Councils for International Education. RAF’s NSLI-Y Program empowers American youth and prepares them to be future global ambassadors through an unmatched opportunity for Russian language instruction, cultural immersion, and pre-professional ballet training with Teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. For more information, please visit our NSLI for Youth Program page.

The Russian American Foundation is a nonpartisan organization founded in 1997 to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the US, as well as to promote reciprocal interest in and understanding of American heritage among global Russian-speaking communities.

Over the years, RAF’s mission has expanded to incorporate national programs aimed at:

If you have any questions about RAF’s programs, please e-mail us at:

In support of RAF’s commitment to peer-to-peer dialogue, please click here to learn more about U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs programs.

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