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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Also Human Rights NGOs Will Receive State Support In Russia

Posted by Info on 29/01/2010

The Russian State Duma has approved a new bill in its first reading that proposes implementing more support for non-governmental organizations.

The list of “socially-oriented NGOs” in the bill includes organizations working in various fields: from charity, environmental control and the protection of Russia’s historical and cultural heritage, to those providing assistance, such as education and legal advice, for the vulnerable or underprivileged. This list may be expanded in future.

HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS HAVE FINALLY BEEN INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF NGOS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.

The forms of government support will vary. According to the draft, NGOs are eligible for grants and other kinds of financial help, tax remissions and free consultations. They will be able to use state or municipal property as well. Moreover, the Russian government promises to help train NGO staff and volunteers. Additionally, the new bill will give some tax benefits to donors who support NGOs financially. More than 200,000 NGOs in Russia will receive government support.

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