Beginning in 1992, Ambassador Alexandr A. Razvin was the catalyst for the creation of programs which were specifically aimed at engendering Russian-American understanding. Working with key
individuals (some of whom now serve as Trustees of the Razvin Trust), Ambassador Razvin inspired, participated in and made resources available to these programs which have had a direct impact on the lives so many.
In 1992 and 1993, the MAKING CONNECTIONS program for educators, begun in 1990, adopted Russia as its theme. At this time the Planning Committee had the good fortune to meet Ambassador Razvin, thus beginning a long and fruitful collaboration between himself, the program and the Russian Mission to the United Nations. Based on the strength of this collaboration, and with encouragement from Ambassador Razvin, the MAKING CONNECTIONS program continued for seven more years in cooperation with the Russian Mission to the United Nations.
Early in 1992, Ambassador Razvin alerted us to a possible funding source for a Russian-American exchange: the Freedom Support Act which was spearheaded by Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ) and which had recently been approved by the United States Congress. A request was submitted to Washington accompanied by Ambassador Razvin’s expression of enthusiastic support. Funds were approved and RACE: The Russian American Cultural Exchange program began in the summer of 1992 with in-kind support provided by school district administrators, teachers, parents and community members.
From 1993 through 2000, the Freedom Support Act, administered by the United States Information Agency, provided grants for students and educators in the U.S. and Russia.
These programs, to which Ambassador Alexandr Razvin gave life, heart and sustenance, include: