Association of Environmental Journalists was found by the decision of the Secretariat of the Union of Journalists of Russia in 2009.
The main goal of the Association is to promote the establishment and realization of freedom of information, guaranteeing the rights of citizens to promptly receive comprehensive and reliable information in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development through the digital and printed press. Another goal is to support the implementation and execution of tasks identified by the Charter of the Union of Russian Journalists for the integration and implementation of intellectual, preservation and restoration of foreign and historical heritage, physical and spiritual health of people, ensuring environmental safety and sustainable development of Russia.
Tasks of the Association:
- Sharing of knowledge about the state of the natural and cultural environment, experience and principles of activities to prevent environmental crises and catastrophes on local and global scale;
- Patriotic education of Russian citizens;
- Development of environmental publicity, ensuring access to full, accessible and timely information on the state of environment and public health;
- Assistance to all professionally accessible means of preventing activities that threaten environmental safety, human health, the preservation of biodiversity and sustainable development of society;
- Coverage (and if necessary, participation in the organization) of public oversight of environmental issues and monitoring of the state of environment, natural and cultural values, ensuring environmental and energy security, human rights and healthcare, as well as the situation and management of legislation in this area;
- Assistance in ensuring protection, restoration and rational use of natural resources, supporting the development of energy- and resource-saving models and environmentally friendly areas in the development of technology in all sectors of economic activity;
- Development of educational systems and enhancement of the level of professionalism and creativity of journalists in the field of environmental protection, ensuring environmental safety, formation of sustainable development in all spheres of Russian life;
- Formation of a single informational, creative and organizational space for environmental journalists for the development of a community of journalists who talk about the problems of environmental protection, ensuring environmental safety and the development of sustainable development;
- Participation in international journalistic ecological movement, cooperation with international organizations working to address the intersection of journalism and ecology;
- Promoting development of printed, digital and other mass media outlets;
- Organization of a system to train young environmental journalists and appropriate retraining for stakeholders of journalistic community and citizens of Russia;
- Popularization of the best practices of creative Russian ecological journalism.
Association organizes and conducts thematic press tours, investigations, round tables, presentations.
Members of the Association publish materials in the largest federal and regional information and general mass media outlets, social networks and groups, leading thematic newsletters. Association also organizes and develops thematic and regional press clubs.
BELLONA Environmental Rights Centre has been working in the field of environmental rights protection of Russian citizens since 1998. In 2006, the organization opened a legal reception room for citizens and NGOs. The lawyers of the organization provide free legal assistance: advice, drafting of applications, complaints, petitions and requests to government authorities and economic entities, protection of citizens and initiative groups in court on environmental disputes. The office can be contacted by phone, e-mail or in person.
BELLONA provides information and legal support to civil environmental activists in the regions and annually conducts several socially significant court proceedings. We report cases of violations of citizens’ environmental rights on the bellona.ru website and in the magazine “Ecology and Law”, and publish materials on good practices in environmental protection. The materials are accompanied by the lawyer’s comments.
Annual events BELLONA:
- All-Russian student contest “ECO-YURIST”.
- School of Environmental Journalist
- Yablokov Readings conference
- Public presentations of issues of the journal “Ecology and Law”
- Environmental law seminars for students
- Production of reports
- Environmental education project for schools
All published materials are posted on bellona.ru. Any citizen can subscribe to the “Ecology and Law” magazine free of charge and receive reports and other printed materials from BELLONA.
B.R.O.C. is the Regional Public Campaign Bureau, the Primorye Territorial Public-Ecological Organization active within various coalitions and independently in the region of the Far East and Eastern Siberia. The organization has been working as an informal community of GREENPEACE activists since 1989, and as a legal entity since the beginning of 1997. BROC is an association of journalists, experts and people who care and understand that environmental activity in Russia and in the world is not just about protecting nature.
The non-governmental organisation “Buryat Regional Union on the Lake Baikal” was founded in 1996 in the city of Ulan-Ude, Eastern Siberia. The mission of the organization is nature conservation in the Republic of Buryatia and adjacent territories, sustainable development, support of local initiatives, protection of the rights of citizens and support of indigenous people. The main objectives of the Organization are:
- Environmental protection of the Republic of Buryatia and the Baikal region of the Russian Federation and protection of the biodiversity of Baikal, protection of the rights and legitimate interests of citizens in the field of environmental protection;
- Implementation of public environmental monitoring in order to preserve the rights of everyone to a favourable environment and in order to prevent violations of environmental legislation.
Centre for Civic Education is the regional public charitable organization with the main focuse on promoting the teaching of courses “Civics”, “Human Rights” in various educational organizations, promoting the retraining of teachers in civil sciences; developing and publishing of educational and methodological manuals on the problems of civil education for teachers, students and other professional and educational institutions, and social groups. Center promotes civic education for the general public, for employees of state and non-state organizations in the form of lectures, seminars, round tables, etc., publishes methodological literature, and develops and organizes different monitoring.
Centre for Civic Education and Human Rights was founded in February 2003. Its mission is educating citizens, first and foremost young citizens, fostering ideas and values of tolerance, non-violence, peacekeeping, respect for human rights, democracy and humanism. The Centre organizes leaning and spreading of information in sphere of human rights, democratic citizenship and advocacy for teachers, students, parents, police and prison officers, NGO activists. The centre has provided foundation and offered opportunities for human rights training in schools of Perm region. Every year the centre organises some human rights knowledge contests and quizzes for school students and teachers. The centre has published more than 50 reference books and handbooks in spheres of citizenship education and human rights. The centre systematically organises training on human rights, advocacy, forming of tolerant behavior, development of school democracy both in the Perm region and in some other Russian regions.
The aim of the Centre is to promote the formation of a free democratic society, to develop public initiatives, support and strengthen non-profit sector in Omsk region.
The Center for Development of Public Initiatives is:
- Resource center for NGOs, initiative citizens, social services and institutions;
- Center for Volunteering and Charity;
- Framework for internships for Omsk university internships;
- Information, educational and analytical center.
Mission: To promote the expansion of civic participation through training, support and development of public initiatives, to promote successful models of social development in order to improve quality of life of population.
Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights is a Moscow-based Russian public policy and advocacy NGO with 20 years of experience in the human rights work and development of civil society in Russia and the post-Soviet region as well as at the European and global level. CDDHR is doing research, advocacy, and coalition-building on a wide range of human rights and democracy issues, including protection of civil and political rights, addressing the problem of security of human rights defenders and shrinking civil society space, implementation of international human rights obligations, strengthening of international human rights frameworks and instruments, understanding of mechanisms of functioning of authoritarian regimes, and developing strategies of the human rights movement. The Centre has played a leading role in advocacy with governments and inter-governmental organizations, ensuring their accountability and amplifying the voice of civil society.
Foundation for the Development of Political and Civil Liberties “Civic Agreement” was founded in 2007. The main objectives of the Foundation are to promote the development of democracy in the context of competitive economics in Russia, to create and assist the implementation of public projects and programs fostering the development of Russian civil society, to shape an independent expert discussion panel, to search for the optimal model of interaction between government, businesses and society and to develop mechanisms for implementing the model, and to maintain the dialogue of experts.
Charity fund for social programs Elier organises, finances and implements programs and projects aimed at:
● promoting peace, friendship and harmony among nations;
● social support and protection of citizens, including the improvement of the material situation of the poor, social rehabilitation of the unemployed, migrants, the disabled, and other persons who, due to their physical or intellectual characteristics, are not able to independently exercise their rights and legitimate interests;
● promotion of volunteering and its promotion;
● promoting the protection of motherhood, fatherhood and childhood.
Within these areas, the Foundation holds conferences, round tables, seminars, internships, as well as provides consulting and assistance in obtaining education and employment.
Environmental Watch on North Caucasus is a Russian-based non-profit organization that works to protect the environment of the Caucasus region since 1997. EWNC works in Krasnodar, Rostov, and Stavropol regions, and the republics of Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkesia, and Dagestan.
Our mission is to protect the wild nature and advocate environmental human rights in the Russian Caucasus, including the living environments of the Black and Caspian seas and the mountain ecosystems.
- preventing environmentally dangerous projects that lead to destruction of wild nature and environmental degradation;
- decreasing environmental impact of development;
- creating a strong grassroots environmental movement in the Russian Caucasus;
- raising public awareness of environmental issues.
E.V.A. is an association of experts and professionals who help women living with or who are vulnerable to HIV infection and other socially important diseases. The association includes both individuals (78 people) and legal entities (4 organizations).
E.V.A. is represented in 27 regions in Russia. The members of the network are united by the desire to provide people with reliable information about HIV infection and share their experience from working with or living with HIV. E.V.A. Association was registered in 2010. During its work the organsation has implemented more than 30 projects of various scales and directions (including services, research, projects aimed at the development of activists and NGOs).
FOCUS-MEDIA Foundation has been working in the field of maintaining public health and developing civil initiatives since 1996. The mission of the Foundation is to activate and develop communities in the name of preserving health and improving people’s lives. To this end, FOCUS-MEDIA inspires, teaches and involves people in active actions to improve their life and health, using the most modern and effective methods and tools.
The Foundation was one of the first to master and spread such tools as: mass information campaigns; interactive trainings and seminars with the further use of acquired knowledge and skills in practice; distance learning using online platforms for the prevention of socially significant diseases and youth employment; information campaigns for hidden target groups; inclusion of elements of youth culture and involvement of popular people in educational and volunteer programs for young people; use of social networks to unite and exchange experience and opinions among representatives of target groups; conducting sociological and social marketing research.
FOCUS-MEDIA operates in three strategic areas: creation of favorable starting conditions for young people, implementation of preventive health programs, and support and development of NGOs.
The organisation “For animal protection” is engaged in protecting animal rights, promoting humane education, ethical ways of life, humane regulation of the number of homeless animals as well as responsible treatment of animals.
Public Movement “Free Coast” deals with information and organised actions against occupation of rivers and lakes. The organisation also nforms and suppression of violation of water and land codes. Actions to suppress the cases of damaging the environment. They also information and provide legal assistance of the members to those, whose rights to a favorable environment are infringed. ”
The activities of the German-Russian Exchange in St. Petersburg aim at supporting civic initiatives and ideas through exchanges within civil societies in Russia, Germany, Europe and other countries. The activities and areas of interest include:
– youth and volunteer exchanges within the framework of the European Volunteer Service as well as other partners,
– organisation of events on the development of European and international civil society, such as discussions, lectures, summer schools, autumn meetings, informal meetings, debates, exhibitions in St. Petersburg,
– German speaking club,
– support for creative initiatives and ideas,
– implementation of various international projects in the field of culture, education, non-formal education, intercultural communication, tolerance and ecology,
– organisation of study tours to St. Petersburg for international students, experts, journalists, etc.
GOLOS Movement (translated as “voice”)is the leading organisation in Russia for public monitoring of elections. The movement equips the participants of the electoral process, supports the work of the federal hotline and services, such as the “Voting Violation Map”, conducts long-term and short-term observation of elections and carries out expert activities to improve the electoral process.
Since 2001, the Humanitarian Action Charitable Foundation has been helping drug addicts, women involved in sex industry, as well as people living with HIV. Foundations supports its clients while those go through drug rehabilitation, start or resume medication, restore documents, and provide them assistance with protecting their rights in the court.
Humanitarian Project is a professional organisation, which was established in 1998 at the initiative of doctors, teachers and psychologists. Since then, the organisation has been confidently and consistently working in this area at the local (city), federal and international levels. Organization has gained a well-deserved reputation of a recognized leader in the area of HIV prevention. Over the years of its existence, Humanitarian Project developed unique techniques and implemented effective projects in the area of preventing socially significant diseases. HP regularly takes part in meetings and conferences of the highest levels and influences on decision making in the area of HIV prevention.
The international historical and educational, charitable and human rights society “Memorial” is a non-profit organization engaged in a research of political repressions in the USSR and modern Russia, which contributes to the moral and legal rehabilitation of people subjected to political repression.
Chairman of the Board is Jan Rachinsky.
The following programs are operating within International Memorial:
- Persecution on political grounds in the CIS countries
- Discrimination on ethnic grounds
- Analysis of the situation of refugees and forced settlers, legal assistance to this category of people on the territory of Russia
- Hot spots
- Informational and educational program
- Monitoring and expert examination of normative acts concerning the issues of observing human rights in Russia
The International Memorial was established in 1992 in Moscow. It preceded the Moscow-based “Memorial” public group, which arose in 1987 and laid the foundation for a number of regional organizations and groups. In 1989, all of them united in the All-Union Historical and Educational Society “Memorial” (registered in 1990). One of the organizers and the first honorary chairman of the “Memorial” Society was Andrei Sakharov.
Interregional Human Rights Group advocates for civil, political, as well as socio-economic and cultural rights, in particular the right to freedom and peaceful assembly, freedom of association, right to access to information and to a fair trial.
The mission of ICGS is to promote ideas of equality, tolerance and civil society in the local community and in Russia through partner organizations, as well as educating and enlightening young people, supporting career and professional progress of women, social mediation. ICGS main activities are: civil and gender education, gender studies, public expertise, career development trainings and educational projects for women’s NGOs, women leaders, academicians, trade union activists, youth.
Kovcheg – Anti-AIDS was founded in 2003 in Rostov-on-Don. Organization’s mission is to contribute to improving the quality of life and health of people living with HIV. Anti-AIDS works for prevention of socially significant diseases, HIV infection, viral hepatitis B and C among vulnerable groups. It provides vital services for people living with HIV and representatives of especially vulnerable to HIV groups.
Since its foundation in 1992, the Centre support the preservation and popularization of the historical and cultural heritage of Russian Germans, restoration and development of culture in their traditional and modern forms.
Main activities include:
- cultural work and awareness-rising activities;
- helping Russian and German victims of World War II;
- promotion of historical memory;
- restoration of German and St. Petersburg traditions;
- building communication among people, fighting stereotypes related to Germans in the Russian society.
Sverdlovsk Regional Non-Governmental Organisation “Legal Basis” has been operating in the region since 2006. The main activity is the protection of human rights. Members of the organisation are experts in monitoring and compliance with human rights in places of detention.
The Leonid Nikitinsky Centre for Legal Programmes implements public, expert and media projects in the field of justice. Within the “Discussion Club” Programme, the centre conducted round tables on public trial observations in several regions of Russia and developed methods for monitoring the effectiveness of the courts.
In 2015, at the request of the Committee of Civil Initiatives, the centre hosted a series of round tables “Independent Courts as the Basis of Economic Growth”. Expert discussions were held on the work of the pre-trial investigation, the legal profession, the jury and mediation as forms of restorative justice. As a result, a set of draft laws was prepared on key problems of reforming the Russian judicial system.
Since 2016, the centre has been implementing the Programme “Monitoring of Judicial Activities Involving Regional Activists” in cooperation with human rights commissioners in Russian regions.
On 14 April 2005, relatives people kidnapped in the Republic of Ingushetia held the founding meeting of the Autonomous Nonprofit Organisation “Mashr” in the city of Nazran (“mashr” in Ingush stands for “peace”). The organisation was officially registered on 3 May 2005 by the Interdistrict Inspectorate of the Federal Tax Service No. 2 in the Republic of Ingushetia.
The main objectives of the organisation are:
- protection of human rights;
- providing free legal and informational assistance to the population of the Republic of Ingushetia and internally displaced people on its territory;
- monitoring of observance of human rights, including in detention facilities.
Memorial Science and Information Centre works for the preservation and popularisation of the memory about the history of the Soviet state terror, promotion of civil society development and the struggle for free access to information.
Movement of conscientious objectors to military service (the Movement of CO, MCO) was founded in 2014 in the format of an initiative group. The mission of the Movement defined as “the movement towards a free world without violence”. In their activities, the members of the Movement adhere to the following principles: human rights, non-violence, non-discrimination, consciousness and solidarity.
The main goals of MCO are:
- Support of conscientious objectors by preparing methodological materials, providing juridical advice, and moral support.
- Empowerment of conscientious objectors to protect their rights and help other conscientious objectors.
- Forming a community of conscientious objectors.
- Protection of public interests, such as: — opposition to militarization, particularly, the militarization of children and youth, — refusal of compulsory military service, — popularization and democratization of the institute of ACS, — transparency and effectiveness of the military administration, — peacebuilding.
The Movement does not represent any specific region of the Russian Federation, it is an online initiative.
“Musora.Bolshe.Net” (No.More.Waste) is a grass-root initiative which grows to the cross-border movement with more than 100 groups across Russia and CIS countries. We are engaged in the formation of a culture of waste-free production and consumption in Russia through
- rethinking of domestic habits and production processes,
- creation of goods and services with a non-waste life cycle,
- reduction of excessive consumption,
- reuse and joint use of goods and resources,
We are doing not talking. We are positive and willing to collaborate. We good at cooperation and encourage business, government administration and other NGOs to cooperate to solve the waste management problems.
NGO Development Centre is a nonprofit non-governmental organisation, which has been supporting Russian civil and nonprofit sector for more than 24 years, while promoting the development of private and corporate charity and corporate social responsibility.
NGO TV, a Russian Internet channel of non-governmental organisations, was created by nonprofit organisations and an active part of Russia’s youth in support of the third sector.
The mission of NGO TV is to contribute to the sustainable development of civil society.
One of the main tasks set by the channel is to popularise the activities of non-profit organisations and civic associations as well as active citizens and youth. We strive to ensure that a wide audience has access to information regarding social issues, ways to solve problems and people who seek and find solutions.
We promote the standards and models for the development and strengthening of NGOs, help organisations building further the capacity of public support, provide information and PR support to NGO projects.
Open School of Sustainable Development is a volunteer initiative for promoting sustainable development ideas in Russian. The aim of the project is to promote the idea of sustainable development as a concept for the further shaping in Russia and the world community as a whole. The School believes it is necessary to deliver information to everyone, who wants to know more and be a responsible inhabitant of the planet Earth. The initiative was launched in March of 2013.
Perm Regional Human Rights Centre (PRHRC) is a regional public charitable organisation. It was registered on 31 January 1995.
The main goal is to assist citizens in protecting their personal freedoms, political, procedural and socio-economic rights. Particular attention is paid to the protection of rights, the rights of prisoners, the rights of people affected by illegal actions of law enforcement officers. Lately protection from violations of human rights, protection of individuals from discrimination became one of the most prominent areas of activity of PRHRC.
The types of activities of the PRHRC include legal advice, representation of citizens in courts and other state bodies, development and dissemination of human rights protection methodologies and technologies, drafting laws and other regulations in the field of human rights, human rights monitoring, education, humanitarian actions, civic campaigns and publishing.
Smolensk Discussion Club “Public Participation” was established in 2004 on the initiative of the Smolensk NGO “Centre for Business and Public Relations” as a separate project (public initiative) in order to develop civic dialogue and public policy.
The Discussion Club is currently an established regional expert group of NGO leaders, private businesses as well as the scientific community.
The club organises discussions, expert seminars, conducts research and prepares analytical reports, supports the activities of NGOs and stimulates public initiatives.
The Public Verdict Foundation strives to establish zero tolerance to any form of violence and ill-treatment in Russia, as well as to promote mechanisms of effective civic oversight. The Public Verdict Foundation was created in 2004 and is based in Moscow. The PVF is the only organization in Russia that provides legal, psychological, and information support to victims of torture and ill-treatment of law-enforcement agencies coupled with research and analytical work. The PVF strives to achieve systemic changes in this sphere.
The Regional Ecological Movement “42” has been operating since 2017. The movement was created on the basis of the youth environmental organization “Etas”, which has existed since 1999. Main areas of work:
– The problem of hyper consumption and household waste (Zero Waste, the introduction of separate waste collection, the problem of importing garbage from other regions),
– Reforestation and gardening (the creation of nurseries, the fight against illegal logging)
– Drawing attention to the problem of climate change, the promotion of renewable energy.
The Regional Press Institute was founded in 1993 as a department of the Press Development Institute (the project of the USA and Canada Institute in Moscow and the New York University Center for War and Peace and News Media), and was registered as a non-commercial NGO in September 2003. The RPI works with journalists and media experts as well as students and professors of journalism. The main goal of the Institute is to contribute to establishment and development of independent mass media that can become a basis for stable and democratic society in Russia.
The RPI focuses on:
– organizing training seminars and workshops for journalists and media managers;
– organizing discussions and round tables on burning societal and economic issues of the day;
– helping to establish and develop new schools of journalism;
– publishing textbooks and study materials for journalists;
– organization of study tours and exchange programs for journalists, journalism educators and students in Europe and Russia;
– monitoring media and media related legislation.
The main purpose of the RPI is to promote freedom of the press, freedom of information and to create the communities of journalists, journalism educators and journalism students whose networking will help them enlighten their audiences about the new trends, technologies and opportunities for improvement in their profession.
RosKomSvoboda is a public organisation whose activities are aimed at countering Internet censorship as well as promoting such ideas as freedom of information and self-regulation on the Internet.
Russian-German bureau of ecological information (RNEI) is a public organisation working on strengthening cooperation between experts and civil initiatives from Russia, Germany and Eastern European countries in the field of ecology and climate. Since 2011, the organisation organises and supports activities addressing urgent environmental issues in various regions of Russia.
The Interregional Civic Movement “Russian LGBT Network” is a non-governmental human rights organisation promoting equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, by pooling and fostering regional initiatives and advocacy, as well as providing social and legal services.
The mission of the Sakharov Centre is to preserve and develop the heritage of Andrei Sakharov. Forming a historical memory of Soviet totalitarianism and resisting unfreedom, promoting the values of freedom, democracy and human rights, supporting an active, qualitative and free discussion about topical issues of history, human rights and general humanitarian problems, and promoting the development of civil society.
In 1990, the Public Commission for the Preservation of the Legacy of Academician Sakharov was established. In 1994, the Sakharov archives was opened, and in 1996, the Sakharov Museum and a multifunctional public centre. Since 2012, the short name of the organisation is the Sakharov Centre.
Save Pechora Committee has been working in the Pechora River basin (Komi Republic) since September 1989, and was established by the decision of the Pechora Basin people’s conference, which was attended by 158 delegated representatives from all cities and districts of the basin.
- improving the environmental situation of Pechora basis;
- the preservation of existing wildlife;
- recognizing the public as an equal partner of the state in dealing with the questions regarding the development of the region.
Areas of work:
- organization of public monitoring of compliance with environmental legislation in the Pechora basin (in practice, this is mainly related to the activities of oil producing companies and their contractors, but not limited to);
- promote the establishment of protected areas; strengthening the civil society initiatives for solving local and regional environmental and related social issues;
- environmental education and informing the population about the environmental situation in the region (including the publication of the “Ecologic Bulletin of Pirpechorya” newspaper, the website, posts in social networks, meetings in the districts, information campaigns, etc.).
“Siberia Without Torture” monitors cases of torture and inhumane treatment allegedly perpetrated by the state bodies in the Irkutsk region. The third year the organisation operates thanks to the support of a grant received from the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. Since its inception, the organisation has reviewed more than 700 complaints of torture and inhumane treatment, successfully opened 11 criminal cases and held seven law enforcement officers accountable for their actions. The work is currently being held in Irkutsk and Buryatia regions.
Nizhny Novgorod Association of Non-Governmental Nonprofit Organisations “Sluzhenie” – Centre for Development of Public Initiatives has been working in the Nizhny Novgorod region and in the Volga Federal District since 1995.
“Sluzhenie” today is:
- a resource centre for support of public initiatives in the Nizhny Novgorod region and a coordinating body of the Network of Resource Centres SUNCO of the Volga Federal District: training programmes for employees and volunteers of socially oriented NGOs, the Nizhny Novgorod NGO Leadership Club, an assembly of socially oriented NGOs of the Volga Federal District, Annual Initiative and Award Competition of socially oriented NGOs in the Nizhny Novgorod region, information support of socially oriented NGOs of the Nizhny Novgorod region, a portal for socially oriented NGOs of the Volga Federal District (news of the region, best practices, database of video materials);
- a Russian resource centre for technologies involving people in the development of the territories (www.rucal.ru): methodology and technology promotion “Active People Centres” and “Social Animators”, School of Social Animators, Social Animators’ forums, the Active People Day, the Active People Centres’ Network (TSAL) in the Volga Federal District, review of practices involving the population in the development of territories, contest of micro projects “EXCELLENT Business”;
- a centre for the development of charity culture: the annual Regional Award for Public Recognition in the Field of Charity and Volunteering “Nizhny Novgorod Phoenix”, the Movement of Good Deeds “Good Nizhny” (www.dobry-nizhny.ru), coordinating body of the Association of Conscientious Charitable Organisations of the Nizhny Novgorod Region.
Non-Governmental Organisation “Analytical Centre for Public Policy “Commonwealth” (NGO “Commonwealth”) was established in January 2006. The permanent governing body of the NGO is its Board.
The NGO “Commonwealth” provides the following services:
- Research in the field of public policy and civil society, liaison between the institutions of civil society and government, anti-corruption forces and not-profit organisations;
- Promotion of the development and implementation of programs and initiatives in the field of social sciences and humanities, public and social control aimed at economic and social development;
- Assistance in the development and implementation of programs on social development and progress, as well as charity programs;
- Promotion of the activities of various social groups of citizens, carried out in order to adapt them to the new socio-economic conditions and involvement in the implementation of reforms in the country;
- Assistance in the development and implementation of programs on environment, science, culture and education;
- Promotion of the protection of the legitimate rights and freedoms of Russian citizens;
- Assistance with bringing together scientists, professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders to address the key issues of socio-economic, political and cultural development of Russia.
The SOVA Centre for Information and Analysis is a Moscow-based Russian nonprofit organisation founded in October 2002. The Sova Centre conducts research and informational work on nationalism and racism, relations between the churches and secular society, and political radicalism. We are also interested in human rights issues, especially government misuse of counter-extremism measures.
The website has three main sections:
1. Racism and xenophobia
Since 2004, in this section we have been conducting daily monitoring of radical forms of racism and ethno-religious xenophobia. First of all, the alleged crimes of hate and significant actions of right-wing radicals, as well as the actions of the state and society to counter racism.
2. Religion in secular society
This section provides information and materials on the relationship of religion with the modern secular society of Russia. In particular, this section concerns conflicts or cooperation between religious associations and/or between them and state institutions and public groups, persecution of religious minorities, etc.
3. Wrongful anti-extremism
With this inappropriate term, we denote actions of the state and social groups that are undertaken in the context of countering aggressive nationalism or other forms of unacceptable radicalism, but in fact primarily directed at the unlawful restriction of civil liberties or even directly violating civil liberties.
4. Our books
The SOVA Centre has published about three dozen books in Russian and English. Among them are annual collections of topical reports, collections of articles on racism, nationalism and anti-liberal tendencies in society, etc.
SJI (Stichting Justice Initiative) is dedicated to the legal protection of victims of human rights violations connected to armed conflict and counter-terrorism operations, torture and gender-based violence in the post-Soviet region. We strive to ensure that victims of such abuse have access to effective legal remedies on the domestic level, and utilize international mechanisms, including the European Court of Human Rights, when domestic remedies are inadequate. We use the judgments we obtain in order to restore victims’ rights and to promote reform of law and policy. We build the capacity of legal professionals, NGOs, human rights defenders and other stakeholders through trainings, legal consultations, and original research and publications on relevant human rights topics. We seek to raise greater public awareness about the protections afforded by international human rights standards and current gaps in national policy and practice, by sharing significant human rights case law, highlighting legacies of conflict, and contributing to ongoing dialogues about human rights protection for vulnerable groups.
Sutiazhnik was founded in Yekaterinburg in 1994. It is a human rights resource centre that helps citizens and organisations in observing their rights that are guaranteed by the Russian Constitution and international treaties. It litigates public interest cases, organises human rights trainings, and informs the public about the mechanisms for human rights protection. One of “Sutiazhnik”‘s principal goals is to defend human rights by working to bring domestic legislation and practice into conformity with international and constitutional standards. Main focus areas are freedom of association; rights of minorities and discrimination; freedom from torture; freedoms from unlawful detention, arrest, and forced medical treatment; freedom of expression; freedom of religion, etc.
Tak-Tak-Tak Foundation was founded in 2009 by the Siberian Institute for Press Development as the public human rights network. It was established to provide legal online consulting for citizens trainings for journalists, bloggers, civic activists, etc. on methods, technologies and standards of civilc journalism and public investigations. The mission of the Tak-Tak-Tak Foundation is to promote civic participation via uniting citizens, human rights defenders and journalists in their engagement to protect human rights and freedoms.
The Volga Migration Centre is a civil society organisation that has been conducting human rights work since 1998. The organisation’s main target groups are foreign citizens, migrants, refugees, national communities, national minorities, and stateless persons. The Migration Centre aims to provide all possible assistance to these groups and their organisations, protecting their economic and social rights, providing comprehensive assistance in adapting and integrating them into the local community, and ultimately, promote peace, friendship and harmony between nations and prevent social, ethnic and religious conflicts.
Vision of Tomorrow seeks to strengthen Russian civil society using new technologies and by helping to create a new generation of civic leaders, including the implementation of the “School of Civic Leadership” project.
Sverdlovsk Regional Public Organisation Women’s Lawyer was founded in 2002 with the aim to protect women’s and family rights as well as to provide free legal assistance to women in difficult life situations, e.g. victims of sexual and domestic violence. In addition, the organization supports non-profit organizations in matters of registration, preparation and submission of reports to regulatory authorities. Furthermore, “Women’s Lawyer” provides support of audit supervisory authorities (Ministry of Justice, Tax Inspectorate, Prosecutor’s office, etc.).
Youth Memorial – Centre for the Support of Democratic Youth Initiatives is a civic nonprofit organiыation established in 1998 by the Perm branch of the International Historic and Enlightenment Human Rights and Humanitarian Society “Memorial”.
The aim of “Youth Memorial” is to engage young people in social and political activities, and organising historical and educational activities to preserve the memory of the history of political repressions during the Soviet period.
Charitable Foundation “Open Medical Club” was founded in 2002. The mission of the foundation is to protect human rights in the medical care system. Since 2009, the foundation has been implementing the “Law and Health” programme supporting the eponymous information and consulting project and is actively engaged in advocacy activities.
Equal Dialogue is a regional public organisation established in 2013 in Krasnodar, which is engaged in the prevention of socially significant diseases. The organisation helps to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS to improve the quality of their life.
Environmental Autonomous Nonprofit Organisation “Green Don” was registered in 1989. The predecessor of the society was a stable group of green-minded people from the early 1980s from the scientists of the NPI and NIMI.
The main and only statutory goal of the society was to identify and suppress sources of environmental pollution. For this purpose, all possible ways are taken to ensure the achievement of the set goals.
Individual representatives of the movement actively participated in the construction of favorable living environment as people’s deputies in the representative government of the region and the city of Novocherkassk. The movement carries out its activities in the territory of the Azov basin.
During these years, the staff was working on a volunteer basis. All socially significant events over the last 30 years in the field of environment and self-government at the regional, national and European levels were attended by the experts and members of the movement.
Interra is a community of active people who value the idea of developing an open civil society and good-neighborly relations between countries. We are engaged in projects in the field of civic education. It is important for us that the participants of our projects form their vision of the development of society and master the tools for the achievement of positive changes.
It is important for us to maintain a vibrant exchange of ideas, best practices in the field of culture, education, youth work, environment, development of urban environment, civic initiatives, social organization, etc., between different countries.
Key target groups at the moment are schoolchildren, youth from 16 till 26 years old, specialists in the field of education.
For them and together with them we conduct cultural, educational activities. The topics include sustainable development goals, environmental consciousness, urban environment and communities, critical thinking, a culture of dialogue, tolerance and diversity, human rights, critical thinking, diplomacy skills, intercultural communication, international volunteerism, etc.
Kaluga Regional Public Movement “For Human Rights” (KROZ ZPCH) is virtually the only human rights organisation in the Kaluga region. It was established in 1998.
The main objectives of the organisation are protection of human rights in the Kaluga region:
- constant reception of citizens in the cities of Obninsk, Kaluga and Tarusa, actions to protect the rights of everyone who applied;
- legal education: dissemination of information about human rights and how to protect them;
- monitoring the observance of the rights of various population groups in the Kaluga region;
- development and implementation of methods (algorithms) for the restoration of violated human rights;
- reduction of human rights violations in the Kaluga region.