Ms. Natalia Arno is a prominent fighter for the advancement of democracy, human rights and freedom in her native country of Russia and in Eurasia. From 2004 to 2014, Ms. Arno worked for the International Republican Institute’s Russia office.
In 2014, she created the Free Russia Foundation to consolidate efforts of pro-democracy Russians to push for positive changes in Russia. Today, Free Russia Foundation is a powerful global movement with centers in Washington, DC, Kyiv, Ukraine (currently evacuated), Tbilisi, Georgia, Berlin, Germany, Prague, the Czech Republic, and Vilnius, Lithuania. Free Russia Foundation facilitates training and fellowship programs for the next generation of Eurasia leaders; provides post-relocation, legal and psychological assistance to activists persecuted by the Russian and Belarusian governments and informs Western policymakers in support of an effective Russia and Eurasia strategy.