This event was cosponsored by the Jackson Foundation.

The Russian non-governmental sector has come under increased scrutiny since the passage of the 2012 law calling on certain NGOs engaged in political activity to register as foreign agents. While this legislation clearly has hindered NGO development, most Russian non-profits are engaged in more traditional activities and have not been affected by this law. This diverse panel addressed the current environment for Russian NGOs, looking at how these groups seek to foster active civic engagement in today’s Russia.


  • Yevgenia Alexeeva

    Director of Focus Media Foundation, Moscow
  • Olga Drozdova

    Project Coordinator of the Agency for Social Information, and project director of the Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program Exchange
  • Anna Skvortsova

    Executive Director of the NGO Development Center, St. Petersburg