Published: 1 Jun 2006 | By Prof. Bill Bowring

The threat to the independence and activity of Russian NGOs


There are currently over 300,000 active NGOs in Russia, including at least 2,000 devoted to the protection of human rights. Yet today there appears to be growing hostility towards these organisations,  with legal proceedings being instigated against a number of NGOs and their founders. The recent amendments to the laws on non-commercial organisations and public associations also suggest that the situation for NGOs maybe become more precarious.

In this article, Professor Bill Bowring considers the implications of these amendments for civil society, arguing that fears of a Soviet-style clampdown on freedom of association are justified. To read the full article, click on the link below.