of Russians believe that the most important values in life are marital happiness, children, and love.
Material wealth and family welfare took second place in the ranking of values; 55% of Russians claimed them as important. In third place was personal safety, which was mentioned by 50% of respondents.
The value of ‘helping the needy’ is recognized by only 11% of Russians, coming in thirteenth in the ranking. Russians over 60 years of age, those who are widowed, residents of villages, and people who have not completed secondary education spoke more often than others did about the importance of helping the needy.
These results were obtained in a nationwide survey of 2,000 Russians over the age of 18 that was completed in 2014 as part of a Monitoring the Status of Civil Society study. The study was conducted by the Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Non-Profit Sector with the support of HSE’s Basic Research Programme. Respondents could choose more than one answer. The results of the study will be published in the fifth issue of a newsletter on the development of civil society and the non-profit sector in the Russian Federation.
Values have a great influence in our life. They play a constant role in economics, politics and societies or in disciplines like philosophy, psychology, religion, and sociology. They are fundamental in the construction of a good life for every individual, for achieving quality of life, and for finding meaning.
The 12th International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Conference took place in Stockholm and was entitled ‘The Third Sector in Transition:Accountability, Transparency, and Social Inclusion’. The conference is held biannually and is a major academic event in its field.
of Russians believe that ordinary customers shouldn’t worry about product manufacturing having a negative effect on the environment, people or animals. Instead, they believe that this should be a concern for the state and businesses.
of Russians are not currently willing to pay additionally for goods that are produced in line with ethical principles (e.g., respect for the environment, respect for workers' rights, refusal to test cosmetics on animals, etc.).
Evgeny Yasin to Head Council on the Role of Civil Society and Human Rights in Economic Modernization
Evgeny Yasin, Academic Supervisor at HSE, has been named head of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society Institutions Development and Human Rights. The decision by the Council follows an initiative by Irina Khakamada, who previously headed the council.
'Urban Movements and Local Civic Activism are the Most Flourishing and Productive Sides of Contemporary Russian Society'
Christian Frohlich has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Non-Profit Sector since 2014. This year he is being fast tracked for tenure in the HSE Faculty of Social Sciences in the School of Sociology. Dr Frohlich has a DPhil in Sociology from Leipzig University, Germany. He spoke to HSE English News about his research into civic activism in Russia and about why he likes living and working in Moscow.
On August 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a directive appointing HSE Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin to the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. His candidacy was proposed by Council head Mikhail Fedotov.