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Prospects for Russia's Civil Society

22 February 2011 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Chatham House, London


Lev Yakobson, First Vice-Rector, Higher School of Economics, Russia



The speaker will discuss the prospects for Russia's civil society. He will say that in Russia, the relationship between the state and civil society has been fraught. The government has sought to manage the development of civil society in various ways, through the creation of a Public Chamber, laws on foreign funding of NGOs and anti-extremist legislation. Nevertheless, Russia's civil society is active and heterogeneous. Whilst official political opposition is limited, citizens are organizing against issues such as the destruction of ancient woodlands and corruption in the traffic police.

Professor Lev Yakobson is First Vice-Rector of the Higher School of Economic and Head of the Department of Public Administration and Public Economics. From 1990-97 he was professor of economics at Moscow State University. He is a member of the anti-corruption council under the President of Russia, a Member of the Board of the Ministry of Economic Development and a Member of the Board of the Institute for Contemporary Development.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

For more information please contact Alex Nice.