Onset of winter in Ukraine – a photo essay

Published by The Guardian, 29 November 2022 After Russian attacks on energy infrastructure, this is expected to be the hardest winter in Ukraine since the second world war by Lorenzo Tondo and Julian Borger. Photographs by Alessio Mamo The defining image of the current state of the war in Ukraine – and at the same …

Kyrgyzstan: draft bill promises more pain for ailing NGOs

Critics say the changes will force many civic organizations to close their doors Published by Eurasianet Ayzirek Imanaliyeva Nov 10, 2022 Demonstrators marching in Bishkek on October 24 in solidarity with arrested civic activists. (Photo: Danil Usmanov)   Authorities in Kyrgyzstan are planning to push through legislation that would enable greater government control over the …

Mariupol – the people’s story

On 8 November BBC’s Panorama showed a film about survivors of the destruction of the city of Mariupol. Can be viewed only in the UK, on iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001f0j7/panorama-mariupol-the-peoples-story?page=1  

Not-for-profit telemedicine oncology clinic opens in Russia

Not-for-profit telemedicine oncology clinic opens Graduates of the Higher School of Oncology are running video appointments. The profits go to the “Not in vain” foundation, which helps cancer patients. Options to pay for appointments are soon to be available to low‑income households. 28.10.2022 At online appointments, an oncologist will explain potential treatments, side effects and …

Duma passes bills to protect traditional values

State Duma passes bills to protect traditional values Statute prohibits publicising non-traditional sexual relations among adults and minors. 27.10.2022 Amendments to the law were passed at first reading to prohibit non-traditional sexual relations from being publicised. The Bill adds to the list of information that must not be divulged to children: publicising or demonstrating non-traditional …

How media and social network coverage of CSOs in Russia has changed in 2022

How media and social network coverage of CSOs has changed in 2022 27.10.2022 On 27 October, the results of a new study were presented at the Media/NGO-Profi conference on social journalism. The study is called “Media and social network coverage of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Russia: the third wave.” The research was discussed at …

How CSOs support families raising children with serious illnesses

How CSOs support families raising children with serious illnesses   25.10.2022   How to move from targeted to all-inclusive support and taking help for families to the next level.   On 25 October, a conference involving charitable foundations was held in Moscow to discuss targeted and all-inclusive support for families. One of the sessions focused …

Kazakhstan’s deeply flawed safety net

Many people who need help do not qualify because of rigid eligibility criteria. Published by Eurasianet Svetlana Vorobyeva Oct 25, 2022 (Giacomo Pirozzi/UNICEF) Kazakhstan is a relatively prosperous country. It should be able to provide assistance to its most vulnerable people. It has a variety of social assistance programs, and yet they barely scratch the …

Russia: trend in donations since early 2022

Analysis published on what has happened to donations made since the beginning of 2022   21.10.2022   The fundraising performance of CSOs has been assessed by the Help is Needed charity and the Cloud Payments company.   Repeat and one-off donations decreased in the spring   Repeat donations declined across all CSO activity areas during …

Draft law on harsher penalties for violating the law on foreign agents.

Draft law on penalties for violating the law on foreign agents   20.10.2022   The Bill passed its first reading in the State Duma on Wednesday, with amendments being made to the Federation’s Administrative Offences and Criminal Codes.   Fines ranging from 2,000 to 1,000,000 roubles can be imposed for violations of the foreign agents …