The American-Russian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ARCCI) has selected the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute to receive a Golden Galaxy Award. ARCCI is recognizing the Kennan Institute "for outstanding contributions to U.S.-Russian relations, development of better understanding between the two nations, and encouragement of free flow of ideas and democratic values."

The award will be presented at a reception hosted by Russian Ambassador Yuri Ushakov on Thursday, December 8, 2005 at the Embassy of the Russian Federation. Other awardees to be recognized at the ceremony include Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), Russian Federation Council Member Oganez A. Oganyan (Autonomous Komi-Permyak Region), Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-NC), Viktor M. Kress (Governor, Tomsk Region), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), LUKOIL, and several other prominent Russian enterprises and business leaders. Additional information on the Golden Galaxy Award and a complete list of awardees is available on the ARCCI website at

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the living; national memorial to President Wilson. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. The President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center is Lee H. Hamilton, who served as a member of Congress for 34 years and most recently served as vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission.

For additional information on the Kennan Institute, please contact Joseph Dresen at or (202) 691-4245. For information on the ARCCI and the Golden Galaxy Awards, please contact Anne Viviani at or (202) 595-2257.