Proposed amendments to the Russian Family Code

Federation Council prepares package of amendments to the Family Code 24 September 2021 The amendments will regulate family law, putting forward provisions to protect children whose life or wellbeing is at risk, as well as to protect children who have been left parentless. The proposals were presented by senator Elena Mizulina. Among them is a …

Simplified disability procedure extended to March 2022

The simplified procedure for assigning disability will remain in effect until the end of March 2022 According to the simplified procedure, it is possible to apply for and extend disability status without appealing to the Bureau for Medical and Social Expertise. 22.09.2021 On 22 September the Government of the Russian Federation extended the simplified procedure …

Proposed new award for inclusive practices

The Agency for Strategic Initiatives proposes to create an award for inclusive practices The award is needed to encourage the best practices in the field of inclusion in the regions. 21.09.2021 The Agency for Strategic Initiatives has proposed to celebrate the regions with the best inclusive practices with the national award “Open to All”. “The …

Russia: New Council for mental health NGOs

New Council of NGOs in the field of mental health protection in Russia It will establish cooperation between NGOs and the professional psychiatric community. 16.09.2021 The Council will work under the direction of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, which includes the heads of non-profit organisations from 85 Russian regions. The aim of the Council is …

Russia: grants for some CSOs forced to stop work because of pandemic

SONGOs that halted their work because of the coronavirus to receive grants 15.09.2021 On the instructions of Vladimir Putin, State subsidies are being given to cities where restrictions have been placed on organisations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme came into effect on 1 August, with grants also available to small and medium-sized enterprises. …

Russia: difficulties facing CSOs in carrying out charitable projects

Legislation regulating the introduction of charitable projects and on the difficulties faced by CSOs 14.09.2021 Olga Shumburova, Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Society, has been speaking about legislation that regulates the introduction of charity programmes and the difficulties faced by CSOs. Article 17 of the law on “Charitable Activity and Volunteering” includes three paragraphs …

CSOs’ involvement in the provision of social services in Russia

Why CSOs are involved in the social service providers’ market and raising awareness among beneficiaries 09.09.2021 On 8 September, a discussion was held at the V Moscow Financial Forum on “Improving the quality of State support in the economic and social sphere”, chaired by Dmitry Sazonov, a State Duma MP. “The total amount of State …

Russia: reporting in charitable organisations

Organisations most often present quantitative data in their reports to founders a survey finds The Donors Forum investigated the finer details of reporting in charitable organisations. 06/09/2021 On September 3, the Donors Forum presented the results of their eighth report. This time, the methods of reporting to founders of charitable foundations, CSOs and charity companies …

Improving role of Public Chamber in monitoring national projects

Limitations in the implementation of national projects and the level of public control The Public Chamber has noted limitations in the implementation of nation-wide projects and the level of public control over them. 06/09/2021 Russian President Vladmir Putin has agreed with the Public Chamber’s proposals concerning the implementation of projects on a national level. The …

Four more organisations registered under ‘foreign agents’ law

Ministry of Justice adds four more organisations to their register of foreign media agents All four organisations were created by media journalists already on the register. 03/09/2021 The list includes companies Altair 2021, Vega 2021, Editor-in-chief 2021 and Romashki Monolit. The agency reported that the submissions to the register were presented voluntarily by the founders …