Russian NGOs are under pressure: They are hindered in their work with laws and checks by the authorities, paralyzed and driven to close down. External support is not only helpful, but vital.
In the last four years, more than thirty new laws and legislative amendments have been passed in Russia that restrict personal freedoms, according to human rights activists there. Ever since the color revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine in the first half of the 2000s, Russian leadership has feared a grassroots coup. The wave of protests in the winter of 2011-2012 seemed to confirm the almost paranoid fears of those …read more
Source: Heinrich Boell Foundation