Financing Russian Civil Society

29 Aug 2019

(Europe-Asia Studies) (Co-authored with Sarah Lindemann-Komarova) Abstract: In the past five years, the funding environment for nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and social projects in Russia has changed dramatically. The most publicised developments involve government actions to restrict funding by Western donors. Less documented has been the transformation of the indigenous funding environment for civil society and how demand-driven strategies may better support civil society development in Russia than sceptics assume. Using evidence gathered in 2016–2018, we provide an overview of how NGOs targeted as foreign agent organisations responded to their status, how funding opportunities for NGOs in Russia have changed, and how Russian organisations are sustaining themselves financially.

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