Moscow’s angle: How CSOs are helping refugees from Donbas

And how people can contribute 24.02.2022 Two days ago, the Russian Red Cross began delivering humanitarian aid to Rostov-on-Don for evacuees from Donbas. Currently, more than 7000 people are settled in the Rostov region and almost half of them are children. Within the region refugees are being assisted by volunteers from resource volunteer centres including …

Humanitarian Action to be removed from the register of CSO ‘foreign agents’

This is the first time in Russia that a CSO has been removed from the register based on a court decision without rejecting foreign funding. 18.02.2022 St. Petersburg City Court overturned the decision of the Russian Ministry of Justice to include the Humanitarian Action Foundation in the register of CSO ‘foreign agents’. The court ordered …

How do the ratings for the development of non-profit sectors work in the regions?

What does the new Region-CSO ratings model consist of and how can regions improve their positions? 18.02.2022 On 18 February, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation reviewed the methodology used for rating the third sector in the Region CSO 2021 report, which was prepared by the Public Chamber together with the RAEX-Analytics agency. The …

127 social projects received ‘Gazprom Neft’ grants

The company Gazprom Neft announced the results of the ‘Hometowns’ competition of social investment programmes. 17.02.2022 The competition received applications from over 600 CSOs, activists, social entrepreneurs, and leaders of local groups. Most of the projects related to improving the local living environment, education, and science. Gazprom Neft awards the winners with grants and conducts …

Strengths and weaknesses: how CSOs assess their levels of organisational development

How open are NGOs (CSOs) to changes, what makes their projects successful, and how do they get on with their employees? 17.02.2022 On 16 February an online presentation took place of the results of the study titled ‘Assessing levels of organisational development of CSOs’. Contents What is the study? Results: strengths Results: weaknesses Expert opinions …

“It needs some revision”: shortcomings in draft bills on torture

Yesterday the State Duma introduced an alternative draft bill on torture. 15.02.2022 On 14 February ‘RIA Novosti’ reported that senator Lyudmila Narusova had introduced a packet of draft legislation. The legislation intends to introduce a new article to Russia’s Criminal Code – Article 286.2 ‘On torture’. In cases of torture committed with weapons or specialised …

Conference on the Quality of Social Services, 15 March

This international conference will take place on 15 March online using Zoom 09.02.2022 The conference is being held in honour of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the law “On Consumer Rights Protection”. The programme is focussed on searching for new ways to manage the quality of social services. Practitioners and theorists will come …

Forum of philanthropists and patrons

The New Wave, Moscow, 1 March 2022 09.02.2022 The event, organised by Forbes Congress Russia, will bring together representatives of the non-profit sector with government figures and businesses. The title of the event, The New Wave, refers to the new strain of COVID-19 that swept through Russia this winter. Central to the forum is a …

Problems facing the rehabilitation of homeless people

How can help for homeless people be made more sustainable and effective? 08.02.2022 On 8 February, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation hosted a round table on the topic of “Social and socio-labour rehabilitation for those without a fixed place of residence: the experience of CSOs and the problems of legal regulation”. The discussion …

Amend or repeal: how the law on foreign agents can be changed

On 3 February, experts discussed the possibility of reforming the legislation on foreign agents. 08.02.2022 The meeting was organized by the Commission of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights. The law on foreign agents is discriminatory, illegal, unconstitutional, and hinders the development of civil society, asserted Alexander Shishlov, head …