Russia 2006


Agency for Social Information (ASI)
To build regional NGO coalitions and strengthen ties between civil society organizations throughout Russia. ASI will carry out a broad-based search for information about active networks of NGOs that currently exist in Russia, systematize the results, and publish the results on their website. To promote local coalitions, six small grants of Amount 3,000 will be awarded for projects that engage regional NGOs in cooperative activities around concrete social problems.

Agency for Social Information (ASI)
To continue its program of collecting and distributing information on the activities of NGOs and other events of importance for civil society. ASI will maintain its network of correspondents and affiliate offices in 25 regions of Russia, which will provide regular reports that will be edited, posted on the ASI website, and distributed by email.

“AGORA” Association
To investigate instances of official pressure on NGOs and to defend the victims. AGORA will adopt a proactive approach to pressure on NGOs by developing security standards for NGOs and helping them audit their operations to ensure that they are less vulnerable to the most common forms of pressure.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To train local trade union leaders and initiative group leaders in labor organization and conducting strategic planning sessions. The Russian Confederation of Trade Unions will select a regional coordinator who will work closely with ACILS and will receive on-going support from experienced U.S. trade union organizers and educators. Additionally, ACILS will organize a study tour for two Russian trade unionists to visit their U.S. counterparts and attend a conference with the United Auto Workers in Detroit, Michigan.

Andrei Sakharov Museum and Public Center
To organize a competition among public school teachers for the best lesson plan on the history of totalitarianism and political repression in Russia. Finalists will travel to Moscow for a three-day conference on techniques for teaching the history political repression. The lesson plans of the finalists will be compiled into a final report and published.

Autonomous Non-profit Organization “Mashr”
To help reduce forced disappearances in the North Caucasus by publicizing them and encouraging officials to investigate them. In the coming year, Mashr will offer legal aid to families of victims of forced disappearances; create a website and distribute news and information about the situation in Ingushetia; and investigate disappearances with the help of a small group of volunteers.

Baltic International Development Agency
To continue a program to strengthen NGOs in Russia’s Kaliningrad region. The Agency will continue to provide technical assistance through its NGO Information and Consulting Center, which was established in 2002, and organize training workshops for a total of 140 NGO activists.

Center for Civic Education and Human Rights
To continue its efforts to expand its program in Perm Oblast and Russia as a whole. The Center will organize three courses and seminars on the theories and methods of teaching human rights. The Center will also produce professional teaching materials on human rights and civic education, including a workbook for secondary school teachers and a handbook on introducing human rights issues into biology classes.

Center for Interethnic Cooperation
To conduct a series of conferences and trainings in six regions of Russia designed to educate youth, representatives of the authorities, and the police about protecting the civil and political rights of ethnic minorities. The project will create a network of youth organizations to promote respect for human rights. Local administrations have given the Center written commitments to help in the realization of the project.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To train and equip managers of regional business associations and chambers of commerce with tools to conduct effective advocacy work and to improve organizational stability. CIPE will establish a certification program for professionals from the business and nonprofit communities. The program will develop the management skills of participants, as well as their ability to act as a voice for the business community in their region.

Center for International Private Enterprise
To develop a corporate governance tool kit for medium-sized companies that will include a corporate governance audit manual on shareholder rights, governance and control bodies, transparency and disclosure, and stakeholder relations. CIPE’s local partner on the project, the Russian Institute of Directors (RID), will also consult with companies on working with banks and majority shareholders. RID will then disseminate the tool kit through its partners in Moscow and the regions, and will solicit feedback to assess the project’s effectiveness.

Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations
To monitor, investigate, and publicize violations of journalists’ rights throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union. The Center will also continue to distribute its weekly electronic bulletins, Dangerous Profession and The Authorities vs. the Press, which catalogue attacks against journalists, conflicts between local governments and the media, and proposed changes in media laws.

Center for Public Information
To help human rights and civil society organizations work more effectively with the media. The Center’s activities will include organizing a program of press releases and press conferences, building a regional correspondent network, monitoring the media’s coverage of human rights topics, and publishing the Chronicle of the Moscow Helsinki Group, among other activities.

Center for Russian Environmental Policy
To increase horizontal cooperation among environmental groups at the regional level. The Center will establish a regional initiative group for a “Union of the Greens of Russia,” carry out seminars on best practices, and hold a national conference for the coalition. The Center will also maintain a coalition website and produce a variety of printed materials.

Center for Social Partnership
To disseminate to the general public successful models of local self-government that have been tested in the city of Yaroslavl. The Center will develop two brochures aimed at civil society activists and informal tenants’ groups, and will conduct its annual School of Self-Government for over 300 representatives of local self-government bodies. It will also continue to publish its newspaper, Window on NGOs.

Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights (CDDHR)
To raise awareness about transparency, to promote public discussion of draft laws, and to stimulate an effective civic response to legislative initiatives. CDDHR will publish an Internet bulletin describing and analyzing draft legislation. CDDHR will also produce a brochure on the voting patterns of Duma deputies and interview legal experts on key pieces of legislation from the perspective of human rights and civil society.

Center for Trade Union Education
To expand the Center’s program of legal aid, research, and training for trade union leaders and individual workers in the Urals and western Siberia. The Center will run leadership schools for trade unionists; hold educational seminars through its resource centers; conduct research on Russia’s compliance with its obligations under the United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; prepare a handbook of recommendations for workers seeking to protect their rights; and conduct a media campaign, among other activities.

Chechen Committee for National Salvation
To protect refugees remaining in Ingushetia and those who return to Chechnya. The Committee will operate out of its headquarters in Nazran, the capital of Ingushetia; maintain offices in the cities of Urus-Marta, and Gudermes in Chechnya; and expand its office in Grozny. The Committee will also distribute frequent press releases on developments in the region.

Chelyabinsk Regional Public Fund “Helping Hand”
To continue its program of legal aid and human-rights education and training in four central Russian cities. Helping Hand will continue to offer free legal aid to inmates in the regional prison system and their families, and will continue to provide courses on human rights, democracy, and civic activism. They will also produce a human rights almanac for the southern Urals.

Environmental Rights Center “Bellona”
To expand its website, which it will use to inform the NGO community of environmental and human rights issues and foster inter-organizational discussion. Additionally, Bellona will publish no less than six electronic and two print editions of its journal, Ecology and the Law. The journal will be distributed to Russian government agencies, NGOs, and members of the business community.

Glasnost Defense Foundation (GDF)
To publish three books on the freedom of the press. These publications will be used in training seminars and distributed for free to public and university libraries, university journalism departments, judges, prosecutors and criminal investigators, representatives of local and national government administrations, and human rights organizations. GDF will also hold a roundtable discussion to discuss the defense of free speech in present-day Russia.

Humanist Center
To monitor the implementation of military education in high schools. The Center will organize educational and training activities for a variety of groups to minimize the negative impact of the reintroduction of military training, and will meet with Russian officials to advocate for the least disruptive forms of military education. The Center will also produce two brochures on monitoring methods and advocacy.

Independent Council for Legal Expertise
To improve the conformity of Russian legislation with constitutional and international norms and to raise public awareness of legal issues relating to democracy. The Council will monitor legislative developments in the State Duma; provide free legal advice to human rights organizations; monitor the work of human rights lawyers and developments within law enforcement, legislative, and judicial bodies; and provide legal training and assistance to journalists.

Independent Press Center
To support the continued operation of the Press Center, which provides a forum for Russian democrats and NGOs to make their case to the public. The Center will organize press conferences and other events for over 100 NGOs on a daily basis, averaging a minimum of six to eight events per week. The Center will also continue to accept questions from regional journalists via email.

Information Agency “”
To train three groups of young human rights activists to use public opinion data and carry out public information campaigns. These young leaders will then carry out public awareness campaigns aimed at young people in their regions; at the end of these campaigns, local populations will be surveyed in order to determine the extent of the program’s impact.

Information Agency “”
To maintain its website and to improve the quality of the website’s journalism and expand its audience. With 19 correspondents providing original reporting from 17 regions in the Caucasus, will continue to post approximately 60 new items per day covering regional events. Additionally, the project staff will strengthen networks among the correspondents, increase the number of recipients of its electronic newsletter and expand cooperative relationships with Russian and international press.

Information Analytical Center “Sova”
To monitor Russian nationalism and ethnic extremism and coordinate with law enforcement agencies on these issues. The Sova Center will work to oppose the infringement of civil liberties by attempting to influence the content of anti-extremist legislation. It will also support the consolidation of an anti-nationalist coalition that will remain independent of the government, and will conduct anti-fascist educational activities for the general public.

Information and Human Rights Center “Memorial” (Ekaterinburg Memorial)
To support two permanent exhibits and an archive of documents on totalitarianism in Russia, a library of the history of political repression and human rights, and a public reading room with democratic newspapers and NGO publications. Ekaterinburg Memorial will also maintain a public legal-aid reception office and an internet-equipped classroom to provide human-rights information to teachers and young people.

Information Research Center “Panorama”
To conduct a program in which it will select eight trainees from among the leaders of democratic youth groups in Russia. The trainees will work to revitalize the news coverage and analytical sections of the website, and will participate in writing three brochures containing information necessary for young democrats.

Institute for Information Freedom Development
To research Russian laws and monitor government compliance with domestic and international standards. The Institute will help other NGOs petition the government for information and help them pursue an adequate response. The Institute will also publish a report on freedom of information in Russia, which will be made available to members of the Duma, NGOs, and the media.

International Protection Center
To offer free legal representation to individuals who have exhausted all available remedies under the Russian court system and wish to pursue their cases through the European Court or the United Nations’ Committee on Human Rights. The Center’s lawyers will offer both written and oral consultation, and will help plaintiffs to submit their documents to the Court or the Committee.

Interregional Foundation for Civil Society
To support a small-grants program that has worked for the past seven years to assist regional human rights groups and place them on more solid footing. The Foundation will distribute small grants, in amounts of approximately Amount 3,000, to between 10 and 15 human rights organizations across Russia.

Kabardino-Balkar Social Center for Human Rights Activism
To monitor the law enforcement and justice systems in order to publicize instances of official misconduct and to encourage officials to change their behavior. The Center will provide legal aid in particularly significant trials. The Center will also carry out two historical conferences to establish a dialogue among the region’s various elites, and will conduct three roundtables on various aspects of human rights activism.

League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg (LWV)
To help young people become more actively involved in Russia’s civic life. LWV will hold a series of discussions on Russian politics for young civic activists from six regions Arkhangelsk, Vyborg, Kaliningrad, Pskov, Tver, and St. Petersburg. The League will also hold legal consultations for young people at its headquarters in St. Petersburg, and will continue to publish its newspaper, The League of Women Voters.

Moscow Helsinki Group
To hold the “Other Russia” Conference in Moscow on July 11-12, 2006. The organizers will provide a venue for over 350 representatives from legitimate civil society groups, including NGOs and political movements, to voice alternative views on Russian politics. Endowment funding will cover administrative expenses and travel and housing for 50 of the foreign guests.

Moscow Helsinki Group
To strengthen mechanisms of public monitoring of large-scale human rights violations, while encouraging greater cooperation between NGOs in investigating such incidents. A working group will select incidents for investigation and a team of investigators will establish the facts on the ground and offer assistance to victims. The Moscow Helsinki Group will investigate and publish reports on seven incidents in Russian and the former Soviet Union.

Moscow Helsinki Group
To assist the All-Russian Civic Congress, which hosted the recent “Other Russia” Conference in Moscow. The Moscow Helsinki Group will help the Congress develop its network, improve its public outreach, and develop contacts with state structures intended to establish cooperation between the state and civil society. The primary activity will be training regional civil society activists.

Moscow School of Political Studies
To support the participation of twenty-five democracy activists in its seminar program for 2006, which focuses on the development of democratic institutions among young Russian civic activists. The activists, along with over one hundred other prominent young Russians, will take part in four intensive seminars focused on the principles of human rights, civic activism, democratic society, and governance.

Mothers of Chechnya for Peace Association
To investigate disappearances and offer legal aid to the families of the disappeared. The Mothers will compile a report based on research into individual cases, as well as a database of at least 3,000 instances of disappearances. In addition, the Mothers will open a legal clinic that will help Chechen families locate the remains of their dead and will make efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Murmansk Association of Women Journalists
To develop public service journalism in three regions of the Russian northwest. The Association will organize two sessions of a school to help journalists better report on local politics. Following each session, Association staff will remain in contact with the participants, both to monitor the impact of the training on their work and to provide support and assistance in approaching particular stories.

Nizhny Novgorod Committee Against Torture (NNCAT)
To improve the handling of Chechen torture cases in the Russian and international justice systems, publicize the problem of torture in Chechnya, and make individuals aware of their rights. NNCAT will monitor incidents of torture, initiate investigations, and ensure that criminal cases are opened against those responsible. Finally, NNCAT will work with the media to publish information about the project on its website.

Olof Palme International Center
To hold a conference for approximately 30 representatives of Russian, Chechen, and international NGOs. This conference will cover the situation in Chechnya; the international response to the crisis; and the viability of various models of conflict resolution. The final session of the conference will form a working group that will define the specific tasks for participants to move the agenda from discussion to action.

Perm-36 Memorial Museum
To convert the prison’s solitary confinement block, where numerous political prisoners spent their terms, into a central element of the museum’s exhibitions. Among other renovations, the cell will be equipped with an audiovisual system that will tell the story of those who were imprisoned there. The project will also involve the completion of renovation work on the fire-damaged facilities.

Planeta Nadezhd (Planet of Hopes)
To conduct a program of research, lobbying, teacher training, and public information campaigns in Ozersk and nine other Closed Administrative Districts in the Urals region. Planeta Nadezhd will open a public reception office for human rights in Ozersk, organize one-day reception centers in other cities, produce a small-circulation bulletin, and lobby the Ozersk city legislature to create a human rights commission.

To publish its newspaper, Dagestanskii Rakurs (Dagestan Perspective), which covers a wide variety of topics of relevance to human rights and democracy in the North Caucasus. Dagestanskii Rakurs will continue to cooperate with regional NGOs, while expanding its print run to 10,000 for distribution throughout the North Caucasus. Internet sites and mailing lists will contribute to increasing the paper’s impact beyond the North Caucasus.

Russian Association for Civic Education
To hold the tenth Russian Civic Education Olympiad. Students from across Russia will compete in an essay competition on the use of internet resources, an important skill for networking and obtaining information independent from Russia’s strictly controlled media. A jury of experts will select forty-five finalists to participate in two days of additional competition in Moscow that will include further written and oral examination.

Ryazan Memorial
To publish its journal Karta. Past issues of Karta have contained in-depth explorations of Soviet and Russian history and practical human-rights work, civic-education materials, and discussions of government policy towards NGOs, inter-ethnic violence, and hate crimes. The journal is distributed to other NGOs, branches of the Memorial Society, local government officials, and numerous universities and libraries, and is used in Ryazan Memorial’s civic education programs.

Society for Russian-Chechen Friendship
To maintain a source of objective information on Chechnya. The Society’s network of correspondents in Chechnya will send frequent reports to its central office, which will edit and distribute them by email as press releases. The Society’s staff will also produce preliminary research on establishing a war crimes tribunal on Chechnya, based on the knowledge they have gained from years of work in the region.

Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg
To assist draftees and servicemen in defending their rights through a program of training and education. Soldiers’ Mothers will conduct its Human Rights School for recruits and will organize follow-up workshops for smaller groups. Soldiers’ Mothers will also assist runaway soldiers who have suffered abuse in protecting their rights through the Military Prosecutor’s Office and will work with base commanders to investigate allegations of abuse.

St. Petersburg Institute of Law
To develop the Living Law network, a group of teachers who promote legal education in elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education. The Institute will also work with publishers to print the second edition of Living Law, a widely regarded adaptation of the “Street Law” program, which teaches the basic principles of human rights law to Russian high school students.

Voronezh United Democratic Center
To publish its newspaper, We Are Citizens, with a monthly print run of 18,000 copies. We Are Citizens publishes information about legal and social problems and strategies for their resolution, as well as about the activities of local and regional government in Voronezh oblast.

To support a program of public informational activities, training for youth leaders, and advocacy, with the ultimate goal of establishing an ongoing program of discussion clubs and leadership activities. The project will consist of eight distinct kinds of activities for the leaders, including lectures, roundtables discussions, and meetings with national youth groups.

Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM)
To strengthen existing networks of youth human rights organizations and promote the development of a core group of young activists. YHRM will organize three public campaigns on human rights issues relating to youth, produce a series of email newsletters and printed publications, offer young activists a variety of training opportunities for developing programs, and develop a set of methodological materials for members of its network.

Youth Movement “DA!”
To organize a series of debates between politicians, journalists, and civil society and cultural figures, covering a wide range of topics of particular interest to young people. The debates will be held in Moscow and broadcast simultaneously on the Movement’s website, thereby reaching across the country. The website will also serve as a forum for young people to discuss debate topics and results online.

Za Prava Cheloveka (ZPC)
To help Russian human rights organizations withstand government pressure, develop the third sector across Russia, and publicize cases of human-rights abuse. ZPC will continue to support its network of regional human rights organizations and to directly engage in cases involving human rights violations. ZPC also will provide direct support to five organizations in its network to help them operate on a more full-time basis.

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