Non-governmental organizations in Russia: where the wind blows …

Perhaps never before in Russia so acutely the question arose about what they do and what purpose they serve so-called non-governmental organizations and public foundations. "Moscow Helsinki group"" Fund of State and international security "," Russian State Council "," Memorial ". The names that are in the near future, become quite frequently mentioned in the press. However, many of these non-governmental organizations and associations suspiciously often portrayed in a rather controversial materials.

Non-governmental organizations in Russia: where the wind blows ...
Segodnyaschy head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alexeeva

Try to understand what activities are now on the territory of Russia public funds and non-governmental organizations on the example of one of the most recognized NGO — "Moscow Helsinki Group".

Itself organization appeared in 1976, when a group speak out so that enthusiasts decided to launch a public control over the execution of the duties in the Soviet Union for the Protection of Human Rights (in accordance with the agreements reached in Helsinki). In this activity group included Dr. Yuri Orlov, notorious now Natan Sharansky, the writer and dissident Andrei Amalric segodnyaschy head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alexeeva, Elena Bonner, Nahum Maiman and a host of other social activists and academics. Members of the group unsuccessfully led activities aimed at incrimination Russian control of violations of human rights: the ban on free emigration of Jews over the limit to cases on the protection of dissident writers. The fate of the Moscow Helsinki Group in the Russian hard time evolved: many ideologists of Russian combat system have been imprisoned, many went to Europe and the United States, securing a right on the introduction of the label main advocates of human rights in the USSR. MHG it ceases to exist as a result of intelligence, it was restored again.

But then came 1991 — Russian Alliance ceased to exist and, apparently, members of the Moscow Helsinki Group were to join hands together and drink a glass of champagne for the fact that they have become one of the links in the chain of circumstances longish collapse of a large country. And after a solemn feast could retire with a sense of pros, because the early 90's — it's riotous bloom triumph of human rights of some people over others — all by the laws of the Metropolitan Helsinki Group …
But their "membership cards," nobody took the time to pass. Why? Perhaps all readers will have guessed, but you should try to keep the intrigue and make a reservation on this later.

And if the leaders of the Moscow Helsinki Group continued its activities, that it was necessary to select for such activity object. And suddenly he found. This so-called totalitarian sects. Representatives of the Metropolitan Helsinki Group decided to defend right Russians to freedom of conscience, and therefore to protect the members of the sects of various kinds of municipal pressure. In the center of the 1st of the biggest scandals associated with the activities MHG There is an "Hubbard Humanitarian Center" and the Church of Scientology. RTR correspondent at the time given on the air plot, which passed the information that the movement of L. Ron Hubbard, advocating moral emancipation under the slogan "Make money. Make more money. Force others to work, that they were doing you more money, "had extensive contacts with the Moscow Helsinki Group. The very same sect (religion) Emperor Hubbard, and more precisely its Russian branch intensively contacted in the middle of the 90 so-called "Church Unity" of the Korean preacher moon. In the end, MHG is mired in litigation over its activities to the "benefit of the freedom of conscience" in Russia, which itself is often initiated. Of course, the subjects were given to the West that the NGO "Moscow Helsinki Group" continues to stand on the protection of the interests of the Russians, giving priority to human rights and the Russian authorities are doing everything to undermine the credibility of human rights defenders with a great track list. Sects are saving raft for the upcoming existence MHG, then really there is no secret, generous funding of such associations as the MacArthur Foundation, an agency of the United States of America on international growth, the Soros Foundation, the South American Foundation for Democracy, and it is far from a complete list of those who have been pouring in no doubt as required for the activities of Russian society MHG, as, for example, support for totalitarian sects.

But that's all history. What did people employed in NGOs "Moscow Helsinki Group" is now?

MHG advocates support the sexy minorities in Russian Federation. In a weighty report Mrs. Alexeeva and her colleagues branded Russian legislation concerning infringement on its part the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. As you can see, the financing for working overseas in MHG ready to pitch for virtually any saving straw: not dawned with sectarians, so you need to try his luck with a sex-minorities.

Following the decision of the authorities of some Russian regions to ban the promotion of homosexuality and same-sex similar to "human rights", the members felt MHG second breath. Now supporters of the main thoughts of a specialist in Russian rights of sexual minorities are often assembled in front of the local government with posters calling to give gays and lesbians the freedom to own relations and propaganda of homosexual love in Russia.

Noteworthy is the "legal" work MHG in terms of coverage of the Russian armed forces. Link to the website of the NGO "Moscow Helsinki Group" leads to a very exciting chapter "Society and the army." Here in the colors described that Russian army — is the most closed power structure in the world, and then call the creators of materials in a blog to share experiences from serving in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. It would seem that idea completely positive, except for the fact that the competition is held, for any reason, under the patronage of the German Deutsche Welle. Not many of the previous project which was recognized as the best on the web, has become well-known blog of Alexei Navalny, "Painting". In general, it is clear what direction should be published "impressions" Russian soldiers of the army of. The creators of the idea of naming a favorite of the past seems to be hinting that the positive experience of service in the Armed Forces to them, in general, to anything. They need materials exposing the course content. And here's one of them. Conscript soldiers who were at the site Ashuluk, allegedly faced with the violation of human rights … Their rights are infringed that led to work with the ammunition … The creators believe that conscripts should not be doing work related to the risk of their lives. One gets the impression that the representatives of the Moscow Helsinki Group and the supporters of such thoughts about the military service, a little confused nature of military service and spa and resort. Already on its military service for themselves — is unchangeable risk, with which country and should feel secure. Maybe, besides gun fighters RA counter
— also, after all, the risk — machine suddenly fall down on the leg, and the fighter in tears …

It turns out activities NGO "Moscow Helsinki group"Extends to the protection of human rights in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Apparently, members of the Moscow Helsinki Group behold the continuity of the right to control over the entire territory of the country, which now no longer exists. Here 80% of all materials, it is not hard to guess who pays "egregious situation" in Belarus, yet 15% percent comes from Kazakhstan, well, everyone else pays MHG not that not enough attention. Apparently, in the other Republics from the standpoint of human rights are all very simply amazing: the free Georgian gays or lesbians Azerbaijan, for example … And it's quite soft-spoken example by clicking on "Lithuania", we get a blank page with only the words "In this category of material not. " Who would have hesitated, is not it … And now try to click on the link "Belarus" — read — do not read …

In general, non-governmental organizations in a series of MHG conduct their activities in advance-designed program there: with the plans and abstracts, only for the benefit of us. And those who are in this range, expect a formidable NGO shnaya true with denunciations of human rights violations. Such is the comfort of democracy …

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