Duma tightens rules on ‘undesirable’ organisations and transactions

The Russian State Duma approves amendments to legislation on individual transfers and CSO expenses 09.06.2021 Transfers from a number of countries will be monitored while intermediaries involved in financial transactions made by “undesirable” organisations may also be classed as “undesirable”. This refers to amendments to Article 6 of the law on “Countering the laundering of …

Awards for human rights and charitable work in Russia

Elena Topoleva and Faina Zakharova receive awards for their human rights and charitable work 09.06.2021 On 9 June, Valery Fadeev, Head of the Public Chamber’s Civil Society and Human Rights Council (HRC), announced the prize winners at an online briefing at the press centre of the Russia Today news agency. Elena Topoleva, Chair of the …

Duma considers banning Russians’ working with ‘undesirable’ CSOs abroad

A Bill on the involvement of Russian citizens in the work of “undesirable” organisations passes its Second Reading 08.06.2021 The State Duma wants to prohibit citizens and legal entities from participating in the work of “undesirable” CSOs abroad. On 8 June, the State Duma approved amendments during the Bill’s Second Reading to the law on …

Russia: State, business and CSOs should work together post pandemic

How CSOs and businesses should work together post pandemic 04.06.2021 Rethinking values, humanising society, moving closer to the State: what CSOs and companies will stand for are themes that were discussed at a meeting of the International Economic Forum held in St Petersburg on 4 June. Expanding volunteering Natalya Poppel, Sustainable Development and Corporate Communications …

3 more CSOs added to list of ‘undesirable’ foreign organisations

The Ministry of Justice adds three CSOs to the list of “undesirable” organisations 04.06.2021 On 2 June, the Ministry of Justice updated the list of foreign and international CSOs whose activities are considered “undesirable” in Russia which now includes 34 organisations. The three bodies that have been added are: Deutsch-Russischer Austausch – (German-Russian Exchange) Zentrum …

Report on Russian CSOs’ pandemic-related projects

A helping hand: how have CSOs (NGOs) supported those in difficult situations? The ASI has produced a report on the ‘pandemic’ projects of various CSOs. Several of them were presented at the International Online Conference People Focus 28.05.2021 Help on the street On the streets of Chelyabinsk the project A Different Medicine has been providing …

New benefits for Russians with disabilities explained

New benefits and comprehensive rehabilitation: Changes promised by the Ministry of Labour For whom are the new benefits intended and what will the rehabilitation developments change for those with disabilities? 28.05.2021 Pregnancy support A new payment will be made available for low-income pregnant women who have been registered with a medical organisation at an early …

Poll on CSR finds only 51.9% of Russian companies are ready to hire people with disabilities

Poll suggests that only 51.9% of Russian companies are ready to hire people with disabilities. Why do some companies fail to see the need for social responsibility and how much do businesses spend on their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plans? The study report from Megaplan offers some insights. 28.05.2021 Megaplan software development company surveyed 1,613 …

Charity launches website for mental health sufferers

New initiative launched to help people suffering from mental illness 26.05.2021 The Just People Foundation has created a website that contains a wide range of material on mental illness. The charity has said that the “mental health advice” website will post regular information on “all aspects of mental illness written in plain rather than scientific …

Research shows official financial support for Russian CSOs increasing since 2011

“Encouraging signs that financial support for Russian CSOs is growing” 24.05.2021 Anna Filippova, a junior researcher at the Centre for Civil Society and Non-Profit Sector Studies at the National Research University’s Higher School of Economics, has revealed that State financial support for CSOs has been increasing year on year since 2011. It provides most funding …