Liquidation of International Memorial and HRC Memorial: No to Usurpation of the Right to Historical Memory
The Board of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum condemns the decision to liquidate two important Russian civil society organisations, International Memorial and the Human Rights Centre (HRC) Memorial.
‘Bridge over troubled waters’
We dubbed last year as „A Year Like No Other“. The spirit of that statement contained an implicit expectation that we would overcome at least the political and social problems caused by the pandemic. The pandemic created an open-ended situation where huge social and political changes and interventions became an everyday phenomenon, but often with no foreseeable outcomes.
Russian authorities should stop the persecution of key civil society organisation, Memorial
Memorial, a cornerstone of Russian civil society, is under threat of liquidation by the Russian authorities on baseless charges. Memorial’s two entities – Memorial Human Rights Centre and International Memorial Society – were labeled “foreign agents” in 2014 and 2016, respectively. In November 2021, prosecutors filed lawsuits for their liquidation, […]
MediaLab meeting took place in Syktyvkar
The first season of MediaLab, our media literacy programme for students, journalists, and youth workers from Northwest Russia, ended at the Revolt Center in Syktyvkar. Participants from Veliky Novgorod, Leningrad region, Murmansk region, St.Petersburg, Syktyvkar and other regions presented their projects – all kinds of trainings for schoolchildren, teenagers in […]
EU-Russia Civil Society Forum Marks GivingTuesday with #GivingxForum Campaign in Solidarity with Russia-based Human Rights Defenders
In the run-up to this year’s GivingTuesday, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum launches a solidarity campaign in support of human rights defenders in Russia. With #GivingxForum, the association aims to raise 3,500 Euros to provide a Russia-based rights activist with a fellowship at a safe destination within the Forum’s Solidarity Programme. […]
The blue envelope goes into the red envelope, Or how to organise elections Berlin-style
Barbara Anna Bernsmeier, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum It was in late March when conversations about “election workers” (so called Wahlhelfer*innen) first appeared within my circle of friends. And the word popped up more and more in the following months. The reason? The Berlin senate had announced that people signing up […]
Working Meeting of the HERstory Project Team in Yerevan
At the beginning of October, nine members of the HERstory Project Team met in Yerevan (Armenia) to look back on what we have achieved during the past six months and to look forward to what we want to achieve in the future. Many local and online events are planned for […]
10 Years of the EU-Russia Relations: New Challenges and Opportunities for the Way Forward
On 12 October 2021, the Association for International Affairs (AMO) held an Anniversary Event on the EU-Russia relations during the past ten years and how the next ten years could look like. Different stakeholders, politicians and representatives of civil society organisations, think-tanks and different media outlets took part in the […]
Confronting Memories: Autumn School, Krzyzowa 2021
On 19-23 September 2021, a unique meeting took place as part of the project “Teaching History: See, Acknowledge & Respect” organised by the Confronting Memories programme of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF). Around 20 teachers and non-formal educators from five countries – Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine – […]
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.
Elections in Russia 2021: An Agony of the Democratic Process
Download the Statement The Board of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum is dismayed at the continuous degradation of the electoral process in Russia, as well as numerous cases of violations at the elections of various levels held on 17-19 September 2021. We demand from the Russian authorities and the Central […]
None of Us Can Ignore Climate Change
Human activities are changing the climate unprecedentedly. On 9 August, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report warning that many changes are irreversible. Russia is the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas emitter but so far it is not ready to start the necessary energy transformation.
Stop the Massive Attack on Independent Voices – One Year after the Presidential Elections in Belarus
The Board of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum condemns the massive attack on independent voices in Belarus. We demand from the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all unlawfully detained citizens.