Russia: Council on Guardianship in the Social Sphere surveys 2020

Support measures for CSOs, abuses in psycho-neurological residential institutions (PNRIs) and care for orphans: The Russian Federation’s Council on Guardianship in the Social Sphere looks back at 2020 30.12.2020 On 30 December, the ninth meeting of the Federation’s Council on Guardianship in the Social Sphere took place online. CSOs Much of the Council’s work has …

Moscow CSO staff and volunteers eligible for vaccination

Anti-Covid vaccinations now being given to Moscow CSO staff and volunteers 24.12.2020 Registration for new categories of city residents is to open from 28 December. The Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, has announced that Covid-19 vaccination centres will continue to operate over the New Year holiday. Those working in housing services, public catering, sports and …

How Russia’s Public Chamber supported the non-profit sector in 2020

Registers, ratings, acts of solidarity: how Russia’s Public Chamber supported the non-profit sector in 2020 23.12.2020 On 23 December the Public Chamber (PC) of the Russian Federation assessed its results for 2020. The meeting discussed the work of CSOs, initiatives in the third sector and volunteering. CSOs and the pandemic At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic CSOs …

Work of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights in 2020

18.12.2020 Main outcomes: public trust, foreign agents, healthcare and new tasks According to the Head of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights (CHR) Valeriy Fadeev, public trust in the Council increased significantly. In 2019 the level of trust was 28%, and in 2020 – 48%. His opinion is that this is linked to …

Russia: what do we expect from CSOs’ published reports?

Innovation, interaction, transparency: what do we expect from CSOs’ published reports? 17.12.2020 What is special about public reports of resource centres, why are standards applied to businesses not suitable for CSOs and can a report serve as a mission statement? Participants in a webinar on “Public accounts of CSOs” discussed these issues. Public reports are …

Tajikistan: pandemic wreaks havoc on migration lifeline

Even Russia feels pain as pandemic wreaks havoc on migration lifeline Food prices have jumped this year and there are few jobs, but out-of-work migrants can’t get to where they are desperately needed.  Published by EurasiaNet Dec 17, 2020The lucky few: Laborers in Tajikistan’s northern Sughd Province (David Trilling)  The need to get to Russia …

Civic Chamber reports on state-civil society relations

Partnership of state and society: members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation discuss draft report on the state of civil society in 2020 16 December 2020 The main topic of the report concerns how dialogue between state and society has developed amid the challenges of the current year. The report likewise reveals trends …

Need to insure volunteers in Russia

Association of Volunteer Centres asks the Federation Council to legalise insuring volunteers 15 December 2020 Artem Metelev suggest that volunteers be insured in Russia, as is the case in other countries. On 14 December, Artem Metelev, chairman of the council of the Association of Volunteer Centres, published on his Facebook page a copy of the address …

“Be like Nina”: how a Ukrainian nurse organised a protest movement

Open Democracy, Hanna Sokolova, 15 December 2020 Low wages, stressful conditions and little hope in the future of Ukraine’s healthcare system – this is what Nina Kozlovska, a nurse at a Kyiv regional hospital, is campaigning against. It took only 24 hours for Nina Kozlovska’s post to go viral. “One night I came home from …

Call to halt proceedings against Moscow hospice

Moscow Prosecutor’s Office demands halt to administrative proceedings against children’s hospice 11 December 2020 The Moscow Prosecutor’s Office has contested the Zyuzinskiy District Court’s ruling against the children’s hospice The Lighthouse. The office demands that the decision be overturned and the case be closed on the grounds that no offence was committed. As reported on …