List of ciafunded russian ngos

List of ciafunded russian ngos

Here is a list of organizations that in 2009 received financial support from the Foundation National Endowment for Democracy, which was created by the CIA

List of Russian organizations that received grants through the «National Endowment for Democracy, USA» (the National Endowment for Democracy, NED) in 2009, according to the annual report of its own. An asterisk indicates the organizations that were, in addition to grants NED, additional funding from the U.S. State Department. Amounts expressed in U.S. dollars.

All-Russian Public Movement «For Human Rights» (HRA)

75.000 *

To improve the conditions of prisoners in Russian prisons and penal colonies. Ombudsman will monitor violations of prisoners’ rights, to draw public attention and seek to reduce the number of such violations, and make available to the public is particularly egregious. HRA also will monitor and report cases of torture and murder by the Russian law enforcement agencies, particularly in the North Caucasus.

«The American Center for International Labor Solidarity» (American organization created in conjunction with NED)


To support the training and legal union activity, thereby increasing the freedom of association. Solidarity Center will support the educational activities of trade unions at the regional level, and to provide training in basic unionism, collective bargaining, health and safety, and labor laws. It will assist the Russian trade unions to strengthen ties with foreign professional associations, and use the expertise for the development of network organizing principle of the workers.

Association of public association «Union of Committees of Soldiers’ Mothers of Russia»

60,000 *

To continue the protection of the legitimate rights of the Russian troops. The organization provides legal and educational assistance to the victims of hazing and abuse in military units. Also they will be tracked conflicts of jurisdiction between military and civil authorities in the investigation of such incidents.

Autonomous non-commercial organization «Center for Social and Labor Rights»

55.861 *

For the creation, promotion and advancement of interactive Internet portal, which would inform workers about their rights and skills necessary for their protection, and related issues. The site will serve as a source of independent and objective information for workers to make informed decisions and better working conditions.

Nonprofit Organization «Memorial historical memory of the political repressions» Perm-36 «»

49.735 *

To support the organization of the museum dedicated to political repression in the Soviet Union. In addition, the Fund will be used for the series of seminars for teachers from neighboring regions and prepare electronic versions of historical and educational materials.

Nonprofit Organization «Agency for Social Information»

67.000 *

Coalitions of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Russian regions and to strengthen the links between regional and specialized coalitions, associations and networks of NGOs in the three selected Russian regions. To support local NGOs and three small grants will be distributed among the projects of the three regions to strengthen relations and promote confidence in the activities of NGOs.

Nonprofit Organization «Agency for Social Information»

65.671 *

The collection and analysis of information on the activities of Russian NGOs. Will be a network of offices in 24 regional centers, the information that will be compiled in the Moscow office, posted on the website and sent via e-mail.

Autonomous non-commercial organization «Center of social project» Revival «»

55,000 *

Help young political leaders at the municipal level in the Pskov region. «Revival» will help create a network of young leaders in the region form a «generation of political leaders 2010-2015», settled in their political order. The focus of the project will be municipal elections in the Pskov region in October 2009.

Nonprofit Organization «Mashr»

55,000 *

To identify a lack of responsibility and respect for human rights by the authorities in Ingushetia. «Mashr» will publish information about the abductions and enforced disappearances, providing legal assistance to the victims and their families, forcing officials to investigate such cases, and using, if necessary, the international legal mechanisms.

«Center for International Private Enterprise» (CIPE) (American organization created in conjunction with NED)


Contribute to the understanding of democracy and market economy, entrepreneurial and leadership skills among young people in the North Caucasus. CIPE and its local partner VIM must develop and implement a certification program for entrepreneurial and leadership skills to young people of university age. CIPE and VIM will also support graduates by providing opportunities for networking and access to local businessmen and officials.

«Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations»

50,000 *

Monitor and investigate cases of violence, threats and intimidation of journalists, in particular, the Centre will investigate the cases of kidnapping, murder and other acts of violence and extreme situations of journalists to find out whether they are related to the professional activities.

«Center for Peace building and community development»

17.340 *

Carrying six lectures at universities Chechen important for democracy subjects. Including: the relationship between the individual, society and state, the rule of law, development models, the historical experience of authoritarianism, democracy and freedom of speech.

«Center for International Protection»

50,000 *

Professional development of human rights lawyers from Russia and other CIS countries on legal issues. The center will train highly qualified specialists from Russia and the CIS on how to prepare and present the case to the Court.

Blagotovotritelny Fund «support civil society initiatives« Fulcrum Foundation »»

55,000 *

To continue its small premium programs for youth NGOs. The Fund will distribute grants to about 7 5.000 among civil society organizations working in the Russian regions. It will also continue to monitor and support the organizations that received grants in the past year.

Charitable Foundation «International project — Youth Human Rights Movement»

65,000 *

To strengthen networking with youth rights organizations. In addition to networking and training activities the project will include a mini-competitions with awards and small grants to small organizations from regions that do not have access to good financing, lack of experience and public relations management, inexperienced in the conduct of public campaigns.

Chelyabinsk Regional Public Foundation «Helping Hand»

57.000 *

Continuation of the program for legal assistance, education and training on human rights in a number of major cities in the southern Ural Mountains. The «Human Rights Ambulance» will work with juvenile inmates of correctional institutions and their families. School of Legal Aid will provide training on the protection of human rights, democracy and civic activism.

«The defenders of civil rights»

108.338 *

At a conference on human rights in the North Caucasus in November 2009. The conference will be held in Stockholm in Sweden, during the presidency of the EU and its purpose is to draw attention to the situation of human rights violations in the North Caucasus.

«The association with democracy and human rights» (DEMAS)


To promote cross-border cooperation between Russian and Czech NGOs. Representatives of the seven members DEMAS, Czech umbrella organization, come to Russia to establish contacts with Russian NGOs. In turn, the 11-representatives of Russian NGOs will be invited to visit the Czech Republic in order to become better acquainted with the existing civil society there. The program is designed to identify the subject matter and content of the future development of partnership and cooperation.

«Fund to support initiatives on freedom of information»

72.000 *

To monitor government information resources and related practices, disseminate news and resources through the website, and mutual assistance in ensuring greater public access to government information.

Foundation «Independent Press Center» (

50,000 *

To work its press center, which has a working relationship with more than 80 leading non-governmental organizations using the premises of the Centre for press conferences, briefings, seminars and workshops. These events provide Russian and foreign journalists to communicate with a large number of speakers on the key political, economic and social issues.

Fund «Public Commission for the Conservation Heritage Sakharov»

90.000 *

For the organization of its seventh annual «Inter-regional competition for teachers on the history of political repression in the Soviet Union.» This event provides history teachers in schools across Russia with an opportunity to plan lessons as well as supplementary materials on topics such as Stalinism, political repression, the Gulag, human rights and the dissident movement.

«Friends of the Institute CEELI»

44.311 *

To develop a strategy for greater advocacy on the prosecution of war crimes committed during the conflict in Chechnya. The institute will conduct seminars on international criminal law and international humanitarian law, which will be attended by Russian researchers, jurists and human rights activists, prominent Western experts. The work will focus on a review of existing studies conducted so far, and conducting strategic planning for the next phase of the project.

«Institute of Public Affairs» (IPA)

28.850 *

Conduct cross-border program of scholarships for young Russian analysts and NGO activists. Based in Warsaw, one of the leading Polish research institutes IPA will collaborate with the St. Petersburg Center for Humanities and Political Studies «Strategy» to select the young Russians who will be trained within the 12-day training and study tour to Poland, to prepare and publish software document.

Interregional Association of Human Rights Organizations «AGORA»

60,000 *

To ensure legal and information support to Russian activists and organizations that come under pressure from the government as a result of their work. «AGORA» will use its experience in providing groups on human rights legal and information support, and continue to help the persecuted activists and organizations.

Interregional NGO «Center of Information and Protection of Human Rights»

50,000 *

To support its operations, including maintaining exhibits on human rights; library on the history of political repression, as well as providing video center and Internet classes for students and teachers and students of human rights. It will also work as a public legal aid office, to assist teachers and activists of non-governmental organizations to develop educational materials for young people and management, and also to offer financial education and NGO leaders.

Interregional Public Organization «Center for Social Partnership»

50,000 *

The continuation of the program to increase citizen participation in local government in Yaroslavl. In addition, the center will assess the state of civil society and NGOs to propose ways to make their cooperation with local authorities and the Public Chamber of the Yaroslavl region more efficient.

Interregional Public Organization «Committee against Torture»

85.000 *

To reduce the number of torture in Chechnya. Committee will monitor and publish the use of torture by law enforcement officials and will offer legal assistance to victims.

«Public Advocacy Center of Kabardino-Balkaria»

45.000 *

To continue the program for the protection of human rights in the predominantly Muslim republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in the North Caucasus. The center will provide free legal aid, to monitor the activities of the vessels, and promote judicial, legal and other reforms in favor of human rights and democracy to investigate Stalin-era crimes in Kabardino-Balkaria, as well as a series of roundtables and conferences to further understanding of these issues.


33.104 *

For the two polls, one before and one after the election of the Moscow City Duma, October 11, 2009. «Levada-Center» will disseminate information from surveys of public opinion in major national and international news agencies, and will publish an analytical report on the elections at the end of the project.

«MEMO 98″

54.274 *

To control how the state media manipulate public opinion in Russia. Together with the Moscow grantee, the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations (CJES), based in Slovakia «MEMO» create a monitoring group in Russia, will hold a week-long training in Bratislava, and a four-month program oversight media monitoring. Monitoring results will be extended to four press conferences and on the internet.

«Mothers of Dagestan for Human Rights»

23.136 *

For the monitoring of human rights and legal aid programs in Dagestan. Employees are sent to the region to gather information about human rights violations in Dagestan. The organization will host weekly in his office in Makhachkala citizens, provide free legal aid and protect the interests of citizens in the courts.

«Murmansk Association of Women Journalists»

38.000 *

To continue its efforts to establish independent reporting and transparency of local authorities in the North-West of Russia. This year’s program will focus on the new federal law on freedom of information, which was adopted on 9 February 2009 and entered into force on 1 January 2010.

The project is a non-profit public organization «Fund» Kostroma Center for Human Rights’ «

25,000 *

To strengthen civil society in Kostroma and Kostroma region by providing information and practical support to local NGOs. The center will conduct training seminars for leaders of NGOs, joint press conferences with regional NGOs, publish and distribute newspapers, and maintain a Web site with information for and about NGOs.

NGO «Information Agency»

225.000 *

For site work, which provides news and analysis of events in the Caucasus, as well as information on the activities of civil society groups. Over the next two years plans to improve the quality of journalism Web site, as well as expand its reach international audiences with more frequent updates to the English version of the website.

Profit Partnership «Lawyers for Civil Society»

50,000 *

To collect and publish reviews and analysis of federal and regional laws regulating the activities of NGOs, to create a report on the analysis of the state of civil society in Russia, which will help to determine the regions of Russia, which are either absent or are only a few of the laws that govern the work of civil society .

«There is no violence» (Nonviolence International)

50,000 *

To help local authorities in the North Caucasus in the Federal law № 131, which provides a significant autonomy of local government. This law provides a significant degree of autonomy in rural and municipal governments in areas such as social services, the regulation of the housing and communal services and the local economy.

Perm City Public Organization «Center for Civic Education and Human Rights»

54.000 *

As in the past, the program will include the training of teachers and academics on human rights and civil education programs, and the publication of educational materials. Center will update its database for social studies teachers in the Perm region, and will expand networking with alumni.

«Prague Watchdog»


To promote human rights, humanitarian assistance, and freedom of information in the North Caucasus. Funds will be used to continue the work site «Prague Watchdog», the leading source of information on the political, military, economic and humanitarian situation in Chechnya, Ingushetia and other North Caucasus republics.

Pskov Regional Public Organization «Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers

20.424 *

Conduct human rights training and consultations for approximately 1,000 draftees military age, youth, military personnel and their families in the Pskov region.

Public Regional Organization «Kola Association of Women Lawyers’

30,000 *

For the victims of torture and degrading treatment in the Murmansk region, and for training of activists and officials in order to prevent and protect against such behavior. The organization will operate a crisis center for victims of torture and degrading treatment, will be assisted in the drafting of complaints, lawsuits and appeals on their behalf, will be trained human rights defenders, as well as seminars on human rights for civil society and representatives of the Government of the Murmansk region.

Regional Civic Initiative «The right to life and personal dignity»

29.474 *

To publish a quarterly magazine «Dosh» («Word»), to survey the situation of human rights and commenting on political and social life in the North Caucasus. «Dosh» has been published since 2003 and is one of the most popular independent print media in Chechnya and Ingushetia.

Regional Research Institute of Civil and Resource Centre «Memorial»

50,000 *

To collect and disseminate information on the activities of NGOs, as well as other important civil society events in St. Petersburg and the North-West Federal District of Russia. In St. Petersburg «Memorial» will build analytical site devoted to human rights, the environment and the preservation of objective information about the history of totalitarianism and repression in Russia.

Regional Research Institute of Civil and Resource Centre «Memorial»

40.000 *

To begin the process of digitizing vast historical archives, prevent further loss and make this vital historical information available to the general public. The project will last three years.

Regional Civic Organization of the civil rights and initiatives «VOICE»

75.234 *

To increase the participation of citizens in the decision making process by educating them and providing them with the necessary tools to protect their interests and protect their rights at the local level. «VOICE» will hold a public hearing, the signature collection campaign, conferences, and will be distributed in the regions of Russia brochure with information about the activities of citizens.

Regional non-profit public advocacy organization «Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg»

94.160 *

To conduct school on human rights, as well as other seminars for thousands of military age, and young recruits. The organization will also continue to maintain a database on draftees and soldiers in order to monitor human rights violations in military bases across Russia.

Regional non-profit organization «International Protection Centre»

60,000 *

To offer free legal representation and advice to victims of human rights violations in Russia. The center will help people who have exhausted all available remedies in the Russian judicial system to continue their case to the European Court of Human Rights or the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations.

Regional Public Organization «Information Analysis Center» Panorama «

65,000 *

To support two teams of two young leaders from various pro-democracy organizations in the six-month journalism part-time. Interns will be selected from the youth branches of democratic political parties and civil movements, such as «defense», «young» Apple «,» youth PCA Young Republicans, «I think, yes,» the youth of the United Civil Front, and the Social Democratic Union youth and young journalists from independent newspapers.

Regional Public Movement «Chechen Committee of National Salvation»

80.000 *

To provide legal assistance to refugees in Nazran, Ingushetia and Grozny. Chechnya. As the organization will monitor cases of human rights violations.

Regional public organization in ensuring the safety of public information, «Public Information Center»

70.000 *

To further expand its network of regional partners that gather and disseminate information about human rights. The organization is in regular contact with the media, NGOs, and the office of the Commissioner for Human Rights under the President of the Russian Federation, which reports on human rights violations, human rights protection and the activism of the events and activities organized by other NGOs and civil society organizations.

Regional public organization «Independent Council of Legal Expertise»

65,000 *

For various activities related to the legal system of Russia and the development of legislation through nongovernmental efforts. Political conditions in Russia have generally become less favorable for this type of program in recent years, as the legislative branch of government is now dependent on the executive, and the contribution of NGOs in the legislative process is often not appreciated.

Regional public organization to promote civic education «Information and Analytical Center» SOVA «

77.611 *

Funds are provided for the collection, analysis and dissemination of information sent out to oppose nationalism and xenophobia in Russia, as well as tightening the orders of the authorities under the pretext of fighting extremism.

Regional public organization «Mothers of Chechnya»

58.541 *

To offer legal assistance and advice to the families of citizens who had been abducted or disappeared during and after the two wars in Chechnya. «Mothers of Chechnya» will help continue the search for missing relatives and to represent their interests in the courts. Also, the organization will continue to support and expand its database of cases of disappearances in Chechnya.

Regional public organization «Women Voters of St. Petersburg»

45.000 *

To hold a series of seminars and round tables for young civic activists from six regions: Arkhangelsk, Vyborg, Kaliningrad, Pskov, Tver and St. Petersburg. The purpose of these seminars and round tables will be to educate and train representatives of unregistered NGOs and civic initiatives institution-building.

Rostov City NGO «Eco-Logic»

25,000 *

To help citizens deal with increased transparency and accountability of local bureaucracy. «Eco-Logic» will organize training seminars to teach participants how to request information from local government sources, and continue the work of the resource center, which provides the necessary office equipment and consultative support for such queries.

Rostov Regional Public Organization «League for the Protection of Civil Rights»

45.924 *

In order to promote transparency and accountability of the municipal budget process. The project will include training, evaluation, analysis, and information components.

«Slovene Philanthropy»

75.129 *

To expand the program of civic activism for primary and secondary schools in Chechnya and Ingushetia. Based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the organization will hold a one advanced and two basic training sessions for student mentors. Mentors will train up to 700 students volunteering and control the activities of civil servants in local schools, hospitals, NGOs and local communities. Copies of the information leaflets and guidance on volunteer community activities in Russian will be distributed in schools.

St. Petersburg Public Organization «Center for Legal Protection of the Environment» Bellona «

47.760 *

To improve access to information on human rights and the environment in Russia, as well as promoting cooperation between NGOs. «Bellona» will maintain its website,, as a valuable source of independent information for NGOs, the media and the public. This year’s project, «Bellona» also publish four print and electronic editions of its journal «Ecology and Law».

Sverdlovsk Regional Public Organization «Parity»


To teach young people about their rights and responsibilities as voters and increase political participation of young people in the Sverdlovsk region. The main new feature of the program will include the provision of information to local NGOs and practical skills on sending information about violations of the rights of the citizens to the European Court of Human Rights. «Parity» will also release two brochures on the rights of voters and conduct two workshops.

«Transitions Online» (TOL)

81.326 *

To extend the distance education component of cross-border programs that will promote independent journalism in Russia. In partnership with the Poynter Institute for Media Research (Prague) will create four modules for independent learning through training programs. Will also organize two training courses for training in the Czech Republic for 48 Russian journalists.

Vladimir regional intellectual social movement «Swan»

25,000 *

On site management Vibor33 ( The site will be a simple, but frequently updated format provides the latest political news from the region, combining them with the analyst.

Group «Foreign»


To strengthen and expand cooperation between rossiykimi and Polish civil society organizations. Based in Poland, the group organizes Polish-Russian non-governmental forum, which will bring together 100 NGOs from Russia and Poland together in Warsaw. Two days of meetings will take place, the organization will take part in a series of workshops to identify issues and develop programs for future cooperation and partnership.

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