Kazakhstan: corruption scandal over medical app

Deputy Health Minister Olzhas Abishev was arrested earlier this week. Published by Eurasianet Almaz Kumenov Aug 7, 2020Digitization has proven a lucrative area for fraud. (Photo: Government handout) An app introduced by Kazakhstan’s government to ease access to healthcare has become target of claims that medics are registering fake consultations to defraud the state insurance fund.  …

Living in a country where in the past there was ‘no sex’

Published by Moldova.org on August 7, 2020 By Maria Dulgher The Republic of Moldova is a post-Soviet country. In the Soviet Union, nobody would have talked publicly about sex, there was no sex education in schools, most parents and children didn’t have open discussions on this topic. “The very mention of sex became objectionable, and the topic was absent …

One million more volunteers in SONGOs in Russia

One million more volunteers working in Russia, says Rosstat 05.08.2020 The results of a recent random survey conducted by Russia’s Federal State Statistics Service, Rosstat, have shown that the number of people who volunteered their services to SONGOs (socially-oriented NGOs) in 2019 exceeded four million, compared to 2.9 million in 2018. There has also been …

Wealthy Russians donating more to charity during the pandemic

Wealthy Russians donating more to charity, says TASS 04.08.2020 TASS has seen the results of a study carried out by Sberbank Private Banking which has clients with assets in excess of 100 million roubles. They show that wealthy Russians have been donating more to charity during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the research, funding provided …

Moldova’s response to COVID-19

Published by Moldova.org on August 2, 2020 By Maria Dulgher During the last week, 344 contraventions related to non-compliance with anti-COVID-19 requirements were recorded in the Republic of Moldova, as the representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Sergiu Golovaci, reported. The National Public Health Agency (NPHA) documented violations of epidemiological norms in the case of 20 beauty …

Inadequate housing for people with disabilities in Russia

Most housing is not adapted to meet the needs of people with disabilities, says Russia’s Audit Chamber 30.07.2020 Russia’s Audit Chamber has claimed that it will take at least 20 years if current levels of funding are maintained to improve the living conditions of those who require unrestricted access to their home environment. “Government support …

Russian banks cut charity funding but mainly for sport and culture

Banks cut charity funding by nearly a half 30.07.2020 Quarterly reports of credit organisations seen by Russian Business Consulting (RBC) show that during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in April and May, Russian banks reduced the amount of sponsorship for cultural activities and sport by 43.7%, or six billion roubles. This was due to …

Bids invited for all-Russian competition for NGO Annual Reports.

Applications have opened for Starting Point, the all-Russian competition for Annual NGO reports 28.07.2020 Applications have opened for Starting Point, the 11th all-Russian competition for Annual NGO reports. The competition accepts organisations’ annual reports for 2019 that meet the basic transparency standard: the reports must contain at least a base level of information about the …

Under COVID-19, Domestic Violence Intensifies in Kazakhstan

From The Diplomat (shortened version – for full report see link) By Assem Almukhanbetkyzy and Kristi Eaton July 24, 2020 The article highlights a recent example of domestic abuse, and continues: Diana Tansary, a human rights defender in Kazakhstan, is the director of the victim assistance fund Don’t Keep Silent KZ and author of the book …

Russia: Applications for disinfectant subsidy to be in by 15 August

150,000 NGOs and small businesses have submitted applications for a disinfectant-products subsidy 23.07.2020 Final date for applications is 15 August 2020. Russia’s Ministry for Economic Development has calculated how many applications have been received for a subsidy for preventive and disinfection measures. About 150,000 applications have already been received from NGOs and small/medium-sized businesses. At …