Galina Sviridova & President Clinton

President Bush & Galina Sviridova

Biden`s office meeting. Tillemann, Tomicah & Galina Sviridova.

Posner & Donahue

Presidents Reagan & Gorbachev

 Presidents Bush & Putin

Mstislav Rastropovich

Michael  Baryshnikov

Kissinger & Lavrov

International Space Station

Ovechkin Alexandr



Russia's great social thaw began with the vodka-and-caviar ice room.
(Photo by for the Washington National Opera)
The social Cold War is over: The Russians have finally arrived as major Embassy Row players.
































The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation  
Nineteenth Annual Awards Dinner in Celebration of the First Amendment
The event was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC

The photos include Third Century Foundation Chair Galina Sviridova and Vice Chair M. Scott Johnson with: NBC’s Chris Matthews host of the well known television programs “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” presented Monday through Friday on MSNBC and the syndicated weekly news program “The Chris Matthews Show.
With Sam Donaldson, a well known and honored ABC “White House Correspondent” with many credits from “Issues and Answers,” ‘World News Sunday,”  his “Live in America” program to “Prime Time Live” and many other programs.  Sam Donaldson has received numerous honors for his contribution to broadcast journalism: the Broadcaster of the Year award from the National Press Foundation; Best White House Correspondent honors in 1985, and consecutive Best Television correspondent honors in the four following years from the Washington Journalism Review; three George Foster Peabody Awards and four Emmy Awards.


Chris Matthews of NBC was the master of ceremonies during the event and four awards were presented:  

Susan Grant; CNN News Services  received the First Amendment Service Award:  “Susan Grant is executive vice president of CNN News.  Under her stewardship, CNN develop partnerships with affilitates and the CNN Newsource from 250 to 800 local stations. Under her leadership,  emerged as the No. 1 news and information site. 

Cokie Roberts, ABC News and National Public Radio was presented the Seidenberg First Amendment Award:  “Cokie Roberts is  a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming, Senior Analyst for National Public Radio and in the past co-anchored the ABC program This Week. She has won countless awards, including three Emmys.  She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.” 

Eric  Schmidt, Chairman & CEO, Google, Inc. accepted the First Amendment Leadership Award for Google, a company widely recognized as the world’s most used search engine.  Its breakthrough technology and continued innovation serve the company’s mission of “organizing the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful.” 
Alberto Ibarguen, accepted a Special Award for the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. “The Foundation invests in journalism excellence worldwide and in the vitality of U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers.  Since 1950 the Foundation has granted more than $400 million to advance quality journalism and freedom of expression.  It is the nation’s leading philanthropic funder of journalism education.”