How the results of the Russian elections showed not what it really is
On 17-19 September, 2021, parliamentary elections were held in Russia. According to official data, the United Russia party received about 50% of the votes on party lists and won an overwhelming majority of single-mandate constituencies — the party will again have a constitutional majority in parliament.
HERstory: making women in history and society visible
This summer, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum started the new project “HERstory – making women in history and society visible” which aims to show the role of women in history and in today’s societies in Belarus, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.
Public Discussion: “Civil Society in the EU and Russia: major trends and responses to challenges” – June 21st, 2021
For the last five years, the Report on the State of Civil Society has been analysing the conditions under which civil society operates across EU European countries and Russia.
If You Don’t Have What You Like, You Like What You Have
At the end of May 2021, an unexpected breakthrough took place after ten months of hanging around in the matter of choosing the Ombudsperson in Poland. For the first time, a candidate has been put forward who has a chance to be selected for this position and meets the standard that the Ombudsperson should meet. At first, I felt great relief and joy. But the more time passes after this good news, the more my face falls.
‘Confronting Memories’ Conducted the Public Discussion “75 Years Since: ‘Blindspots’ in World War II History”
World War II remains one of the most painful and conflicting episodes in the memories of nations across the world. Its memory touches everyone, for it was many wars in one, with different front lines, different enemies and different aftermaths that can still be felt today.
Peace, progress and human rights: what would Sakharov say now?
On the eve of the centennial of academic Sakharov, I was asked to write a column about what Sakharov means today — yet I am finding it difficult to express my thoughts. As a scientist, a human rights activist and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, academic Sakharov highlighted a full range of contemporary topics — ecology, the extensive growth of resource exploitation, social inequality, racism, and even corruption. You would think, what could be easier?
Anniversary Events by Our Members
We were overwhelmed by having received 23 interesting applications for Anniversary events on many different topics from our Forum members.
“Citizens Science to Improve Air Quality”
The „Citizens Science to Improve Air Quality“ project aimed to raise awareness among parents about air quality in Budapest and St. Petersburg and to develop recommendations for implementing sustainable transport.
HIV Infection Is Not Politics
At the end of 2020, the register of NGOs performing the functions of “foreign agents”, which is maintained by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, was significantly expanded, in particular by member organisations of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.
“Glocalisation for life-quality improvement in rural communities and small towns”
Russian-Latvian project “Glocalisation for life-quality improvement in rural communities and small towns” focused on the glocalisation methodology, its integration into community development processes in Russia and Latvia and its further dissemination in both countries.