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Strangers among us. Non-governmental organisations in Russia
Strangers among us. Non-governmental organisations in Russia

Author(s): Katarzyna Chawryło (Jarzyńska), Maria Domańska
Subject(s): Politics, Civil Society, Governance, Public Administration, Public Law
Published by: OSW Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: NGO; Russia
Summary/Abstract: The situation of the third sector in Russia, i.e. the civil society structures independent from the state, is worsening on a regular basis. The Kremlin’s actions aimed at paralysing and destroying the independent non-governmental sector seen over the past four years have been presented as part of a struggle for the country’s sovereignty. This is above all a consequence of the Russian government’s efforts to take full control of the socio-political situation in the country while it also needs to deal with the geopolitical confrontation with the West and the worsening economic crisis.The policy aimed against non-governmental organisations is depriving the public of structures for self-organisation, protection of civil rights and the means of controlling the ever more authoritarian government. At the same time, the Kremlin has been depriving itself of channels of co-operation and communication with the public and antagonising the most active citizens. The restrictive measures the Kremlin has taken over the past few years with regard to NGOs prove that Russian decision-makers believe that any social initiative independent of the government may give rise to unrest, which is dangerous for the regime, and – given the economic slump – any unrest brings unnecessary political risk.

  • Page Count: 7
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English