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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Judges Study U.S. Courts

BOISE, Idaho -- Five members of the Russian judiciary are on a weeklong professional exchange with state and federal judges in Idaho, hoping for insights that will smooth their transition to a court system similar to the United States.

"We are looking for advice," Russian Supreme Court Judge Vladimir Solovyev said through an interpreter during an opening session led by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Monday.

Solovyev and his four colleagues, all making their first trips to the United States, are among more than 40 members of the Russian judiciary to meet with U.S. judges this year to discuss the implementation of President Vladimir Putin's judicial reforms.

"They have a great challenge," Winmill said.

"We hope our system will give them some background to implement this important change."

But, Winmill added, "We will probably be learning far more from them than they do from us."