Which way?

‘NGO’ has become a dirty word in Russia. The organisations most committed to helping Russia develop a meaningful civil society have become pariahs, branded as ‘foreign agents.’ Under the tightened screws, we are asking the question: ‘Do NGOs in Russia have any future?’

Tanya Lokshina
29 July 2013

The ongoing crackdown on fundamental freedoms in Russia poses existential questions for Russian civil society. Since Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin, a stream of repressive laws have been passed, giving the authorities expanded, and often abusive, powers to penalize NGOs involved in advocacy activities.

Are we witnessing the demise of Russian civil society? What would happen if, like in Belarus, NGOs are no longer able to operate openly and freely? What, then, is the future for rights groups and activists, the most vocal and consistent critics of Russia’s domestic human rights violations?

With Russia now experiencing more political turbulence, as guest editors of OD Russia’s series “Under the tightened screw,” we believe it essential to raise these issues. We asked five leaders of prominent Russian NGOs to share their personal stories, experiences and expectations.

How can Americans fight dark money and disinformation?

Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

Hear from leading global experts and commentators on what the new president and Congress must do to stem the flood of dark money and misinformation that is warping politics around the world.

Join us on Thursday 21 January, 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Anoa Changa Journalist focusing on electoral justice, social movements and culture

Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy investigations editor and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Josh Rudolph Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy 

Further speakers to be announced

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