“Talking History, Talking Future”

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In 2022, the Forum’s historical memory and education programme “Confronting Memories” begins its third year. This year its project “Talking History, Talking Future” brings together a small group of experts from Germany, Moldova, Poland and Russia to create a methodological guide with exemplar learning activities on the use of WWII memorial sites in history education. Additionally, a short documentary film will be created and several public events will be organised

14 Apr 2022 Read more

What has happened to independent media in Russia since the war with Ukraine started

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12 March 2022 was the first Saturday since the war began that I decided to get enough sleep. I didn’t manage it, however: the website of “Bumaga”, the media outlet that my friends and I founded ten years ago, was blocked by the Russian authorities on early Saturday morning, and as early as 6 a.m. we started getting messages from readers who had discovered that the site would not open without a VPN.

31 Mar 2022 Read more

Reconfirmation procedure 2022 completed

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In March we have completed the second reconfirmation round of membership status in the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. Members that have been with us for more than two years were offered to complete a questionnaire with self-evaluation questions to reflect on their activity in the Forum. Overall, 160 organisations took […]

24 Mar 2022 Read more

What are we up to in 2022?

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Has there been a time to slow down this winter? The end of 2021 left us all watching the Memorial trial. The Memorial, our member NGO aiming at preserving the historical memory of the 1930s repressions in the Soviet Union, and the Human Rights Center Memorial were ordered by the Russian Supreme Court to close down. The European Court of Human Rights intervened with Rule 39, an “emergency brake”, demanding this drama be put on hold. Will Moscow honor the Strasbourg court’s call?

03 Feb 2022 Read more