of Russians know or have at least heard about public, non-profit organizations and initiatives in their city (village, settlement).
People demonstrate the greatest awareness of veterans’ associations (49%), trade unions (47%), gardening and dacha partnerships, associations of disabled persons, consumer protection associations and political parties (at 45%). Less frequently, respondents mentioned local initiatives to protect the interests of local residents (8%) and national patriotic movements (9%). Only 20% of Russians do not know and have not heard about any public, non-profit organizations and initiatives.
These results were obtained in a nationwide survey of 1,500 Russians over 18 years of age as part of a Monitoring the Status of Civil Society study conducted by the HSE Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Nonprofit Sector in 2014. The results of the study, which was supported by the HSE Basic Research Programme, will be published in the sixth issue of an informational newsletter on the development of civil society and the non-profit sector in Russia.
A conference at HSE on 11th & 12th November discussed the issue of relations between the state and non-profit organisations. In the column ‘An Academic’s View’ HSE Vice-RectorLev Jakobson considers how to approach this problem as subject matter for academic discussion.