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18:15 - 19:30 9 May 2017

Shrinking space for civil society in Russia: Challenges and new strategies


G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Open

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Natalia Taubina, Public Verdict, Ms Taubina has been working in the field of human rights since 1992. From the very beginning, she was involved in the work of the Russian Research Center for Human Rights. From 1997 to 2011, she was a director of the Foundation for Civil Society, and since 2004 she has been the director of the Public Verdict Foundation. Her expertise is international human rights standards and mechanisms, human rights in the work of law enforcement bodies, development of civil society organizations, NGO management, and evaluation.

In the past few years, the Russian Federation has adopted a number of laws significantly restricting fundamental rights and freedoms. Some of these new laws undermine the guarantees of the right to freedom of association—in particular, by introducing concepts such as ‘non-profit organisations performing the functions of a foreign agent’ and ‘undesirable international and foreign non-governmental organisations’. Being branded a ‘foreign agent’ or ‘undesirable organisation’ leads to substantial restrictions or, in certain cases, a total ban on activities, heavy fines, and potential criminal charges. Russian civil society organisations are in a constant struggle for the right to freely operate and continue their important work in the interest of Russian society. Faced with state restrictions, they are elaborating new strategies to ensure the sustainability of their activities.


Monica Barbone
+44 (0) 2031089289 | m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk


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