Russia: grants for some CSOs forced to stop work because of pandemic

SONGOs that halted their work because of the coronavirus to receive grants 15.09.2021 On the instructions of Vladimir Putin, State subsidies are being given to cities where restrictions have been placed on organisations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme came into effect on 1 August, with grants also available to small and medium-sized enterprises. …

Russia: difficulties facing CSOs in carrying out charitable projects

Legislation regulating the introduction of charitable projects and on the difficulties faced by CSOs 14.09.2021 Olga Shumburova, Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Society, has been speaking about legislation that regulates the introduction of charity programmes and the difficulties faced by CSOs. Article 17 of the law on “Charitable Activity and Volunteering” includes three paragraphs …

CSOs’ involvement in the provision of social services in Russia

Why CSOs are involved in the social service providers’ market and raising awareness among beneficiaries 09.09.2021 On 8 September, a discussion was held at the V Moscow Financial Forum on “Improving the quality of State support in the economic and social sphere”, chaired by Dmitry Sazonov, a State Duma MP. “The total amount of State …

Russia: reporting in charitable organisations

Organisations most often present quantitative data in their reports to founders a survey finds The Donors Forum investigated the finer details of reporting in charitable organisations. 06/09/2021 On September 3, the Donors Forum presented the results of their eighth report. This time, the methods of reporting to founders of charitable foundations, CSOs and charity companies …

Improving role of Public Chamber in monitoring national projects

Limitations in the implementation of national projects and the level of public control The Public Chamber has noted limitations in the implementation of nation-wide projects and the level of public control over them. 06/09/2021 Russian President Vladmir Putin has agreed with the Public Chamber’s proposals concerning the implementation of projects on a national level. The …

Four more organisations registered under ‘foreign agents’ law

Ministry of Justice adds four more organisations to their register of foreign media agents All four organisations were created by media journalists already on the register. 03/09/2021 The list includes companies Altair 2021, Vega 2021, Editor-in-chief 2021 and Romashki Monolit. The agency reported that the submissions to the register were presented voluntarily by the founders …

Call for bids for Presidential Grants. Deadline 15 October

Presidential Grants Fund opens applications for new competition 1 September 2021 Applications for the 2022 competition can be sent until 15 October. From 1 September applications may be submitted for the Presidential Grants Fund (PGF) competition for 2022. The winners will receive a share of the first part of the grant, which this year will …

Russian media propose amendments to ‘foreign agents’ law

Independent media propose amendments to law on foreign agents 1 September 2021 Editors of independent media outlets have asked the government to retract the current list of foreign agents and to amend the legislation. The media community are proposing the following 12 amendments: Placing a media outlet on the list of foreign agents by the …

Russian views on inclusive education

Poll: 59% of Russians have never heard of inclusive education 30 August 2021 What fears are associated with inclusive education and why is tolerance alone not enough to create an equal opportunity environment? Deputy head of the regional investigation and consulting practice of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (RPORC), Anna Zhirikova, presented the joint …

Five easy ways to become a ‘foreign agent’

Roskomnadzor claim and five more easy ways to become a foreign agent 24.08.2021 A representative from the Ministry of Justice has been explaining why the Dozhd television channel has been included on the foreign agents’ register. Roman Tsyganov, Deputy Director of the Ministry’s Department for CSOs, attended a recent meeting of the Presidential Human Rights …