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Russian Judges Visit WDMO

Judges (from left) Andrey Kireyev, Aleksandr Berestovoy, Irina Chernova, Yuriy Grigorenko and Lidya Torokhova stand before a mural in their hometown of Belgorod, Russia.

Russian Judges Visit as Part of Open World Program

A murder trial, handcuffs and a holding cell, a tour of the federal penitentiary,  the World War I Museum, and plenty of good Kansas City barbecue – those were the highlights for five Russian trial judges who visited the Western District of Missouri September 26 through October 3, 2009.  

The judges, from the city of Belgorod in western Russia, near the border with Ukraine, visited the Kansas City area for a week under the auspices of the Open World program conducted by the U.S. Library of Congress.  The program is designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Russia and their leaders, and to enable Russian judges to learn about the American justice system.

Bankruptcy Judge Jerry W. Venters was the host judge and coordinator for the trip.  The Russian judges and an English-speaking facilitator were home-hosted by members of the Kansas City Plaza and Leawood Rotary Clubs.   The District Court was the official host court. 
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