Kyrgyz protests after bodies found in suspected ‘bride kidnapping’

By RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service 8 April 2021 Outraged protesters are intensifying calls for dismissals and other official actions one day after the bodies of a young woman and her suspected abductor were discovered in a case that highlights the ongoing — but banned — practice of “bride kidnapping.” One of the bodies, found in a car …

Growth in donations to Russian CSOs during pandemic

Study: in 2020 people started supporting CSOs more regularly 7 April 2021 The Yesli byt tochnym (To Be Exact) project, together with the payment service CloudPayments, has presented new benchmarking guidance for CSOs (NGOs). On 7 April, as part of the Nuzhna pomosh (Help Needed) foundation’s ‘CSO Benchmarking’ project, To Be Exact released the results …

Russia extends moratorium on disclosure of CSO foreign financing

Moratorium on disclosure of CSO foreign financing officially extended 6 April 2021 The Ministry of Justice has ordered CSOs to submit reports on foreign financing before 15 July. On 6 April, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation signed an Order on the moratorium of CSO reporting of foreign financing (seen by the Agency …

Vaccinating Eurasia

Vaccine uptake, the latest case surges, and related news from Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Published by Eurasianet, April 6, 2021 ARMENIAApproved: Sputnik V, AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTechPopulation: 3 million Vaccination of high-risk groups would begin within three or four days, state media reported on April 4. On March 28, Armenia received its first shipment of AstraZeneca doses from …

Results of ‘Social Enterpreneur 2020’ competition in Russia

Our Future foundation announces results of ‘Social Entrepreneur 2020’ competition 5 April 2021 Eleven projects from nine Russian regions have been announced as winners. The Nashe Budushee (Our Future) foundation for regional social programmes will allocate 53,550,000 roubles for the projects’ implementation. Over the course of the competition the foundation supported 310 projects from 59 …

Georgia registers transgender person as requested gender for first time

April 02, 2021 Author: JAM News  Transgender milestone in Georgia For the first time in Georgia, transgender people have received legal recognition. On March 25, 2021, the Ministry of Justice of Georgia granted a historic request, allowing a transgender individual to have their legal gender changed from male to female. To change her gender, the …

Russia: critical importance of CSOs in helping the elderly

“The role of CSOs is critically important”: experts on helping the elderly 2 April 2021 CSOs have discussed trends and issues in elderly care, including establishing a system of long-term care, searching for partners, and communicating with social welfare centres. System of Long-term Care and CSOs One of the main developments for CSOs helping the …

2020 through the eyes of the Russian Human Rights Commissioner

Report: 2020 through the eyes of Human Rights Commissioner 2 April 2021 On 1 April, Tatyana Moskalkova submitted her report on human rights in Russia and abroad to Vladimir Putin. According to the report’s opening statement, “Today’s world is characterised by an overall fall in quality of life, an increase in unemployment, restrictions on travel …

Training in emergency medicine launched in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine

New direction of professional training in emergency medicine launched in Donetsk Oblast Published by UNDP Ukraine, 31 March 2021 EU and UNDP support initiatives by medical colleges in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to launch “Emergency Medical Technician” training programme Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, 31 March 2021 – The first students of the new speciality of “Emergency Medical Technician” …

Russian students invited to be interns in certain CSOs

Students invited to be interns in CSOs 31.03.2021 The Volunteer as an Intern project will give thousands of students the opportunity of gaining their first work experience at major not-for-profit organisations. The initiative involves tasks devised by the country’s leading CSOs who will be offering the internships. By completing their tasks, each student can be …