Russia is increasingly asserting its influence in the post-Soviet space and is prepared to use a variety of methods to achieve its objectives. Non-state actors are a key component of this drive, as revealed by the Ukraine crisis. The Kremlin believes that non-state actors played a crucial role in the so-called colour revolutions - the toppling of non-democratic regimes in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. This may have influenced Russia’s decision to support non-state actors in the neighbourhood.

This project will track the public discourse of key Russian officials concerning their views on civil society in foreign policy and demonstrate evolution of these since 2000. It will explore the vision of the current Russian leadership for civil society and trends in Russia’s foreign aid - the work of Russian non-state actors abroad, their strategy and partners in the shared neighbourhood. 

This project is generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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