Civil Society in a Transitional Context: The Response of Health and Educational NGOs to Legislative Changes in Russia's Industrialized Regions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-776
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Issue number4
Early online date01 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2014
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In 2006, the Russian state sought to rein in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) by passing a law restricting their activities. This legislation drew considerable criticism at home and within the international community with regard to the development of civil society in Russia. In this article, we assess the impact of the NGO law on organizations that have received relatively little attention in the literature: Russian health and educational NGOs. The data suggest that these NGOs have acquiesced to the demands of this legislation, which undermines their independence and is currently stalling the further development of Russia’s civil society. Our findings also illustrate that these legislative changes have not resulted in the predicted effects.


  • Russia, nongovernmental organizations, regulation, civil society