Source: (2001) Newsletter of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice 2 (May): 2-3. Downloaded 2 August 2004.Adapting a piece with the same title written for the web site of the Centre for Legal and Judicial Reform (Moscow), Fliamer and Maksudov in an article for this newsletter describe the origin and growth of restorative justice initiatives in Russia through the Centre. They begin with an account of the establishment of the Centre and its initial restorative justice activities in 1996 and 1997. They note that the work of the Centre has been influenced significantly by the ideas of Nils Christie and Howard Zehr. This leads to discussion of the Centre’s efforts in the criminal justice context (e.g., referrals from the Juvenile Offenders Commission) and outside of the criminal justice context (e.g., referrals from schools). In both spheres, the Centre has to date dealt mostly with cases involving juveniles.