U.S. State Department: United Russia was involved in programs financed through USAID

The United Russia party has been taking part in a number of programs financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of State Victoria Nuland said.

"I was asked the question yesterday as to whether President Putin's party, United Russia, has ever availed itself of the programming that the United States offers through the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute. Our understanding is that United Russia has participated in some of IRI and NDI's programs over the years. And as I said to you, IRI and NDI offer these programs to any party in Russia that wants to take advantage of it," Nuland said at a news conference in Washington.

"Let me also say that recently, the programming that NDI and IRI had been offering in Russia had not been associated with traditional political training projects. They've now, in recent years, focused much more of their effort on the things that parties are asking for, specifically youth leadership training, civil society, women's political participation, advocacy on issues like healthcare, and with civil society activists in the regions who are looking for help in pushing out their messages," she said.

Nuland said she would work more to find out what exactly programs United Russia was involved in.

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