Despite a growing trend of state repression and control, civil society organizations (CSOs) in Russia are continuing to thrive in this authoritarian environment. Today, CSOs must respond creatively to repressive legislation, raise awareness of socio-political issues, and represent the interests of the people they serve. These groups cover the gaps left by inefficiencies and restrictions from the government and help Russian citizens on a grassroots level.

This discussion will follow the launch of Institute of Modern Russia's (IMR) new report, “Russia under Putin: 20 Years of Battling over Civil Society." In it, IMR analyzes how the Russian state has used regulation, funding, and integration schemes to shape civil society groups. Using original interviews and other data, the authors examine the strategies used by various Russian CSOs to provide needed services, raise awareness, and influence public policy. The report offers recommendations for stakeholders interested in supporting the success of this important, democracy-fostering sector.

Join CEPA and IMR for a discussion on the innovative techniques civil society groups are utilizing to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the Russian government.


ModeratorOlga Khvostunova, Director, Institute for Modern Russia

SpeakersYana Gorokhovskaia, Civil Society ResearcherMiriam Lanskoy, Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia, National Endowment for DemocracyEdward Lucas, Senior Fellow, Center for European Policy AnalysisDenis Volkov, Deputy Director, Levada Center