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Five Russian lawyers currently are visiting Indianapolis to learn about United States' legal issues and legal system. The attorneys arrived Friday and have already visited Marion County's adult processing center and juvenile detention center, and have received an introduction to the U.S. legal system from Marion Superior Judge David Dreyer.

This morning, the attorneys visited the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. In the afternoon, they attended a roundtable discussion with international attorneys, including former anti-corruption and anti-terrorist prosecutors at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis.

Tomorrow, the Russian lawyers will visit the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indianapolis, Marion County Prosecutor's Office, and will meet with Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard and Indiana Inspector General David Thomas.

The attorneys also have visited cultural and community activities in the state including the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Oliver Winery in Bloomington.

The attorneys are visiting the city as a part of the Open World Program, which is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the U.S. and countries of Eurasia and the Baltic states by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America's democratic, accountable government and free-market system. The Rotary Club of Indianapolis is the attorneys' local host.

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