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Making a difference? NGOs and civil society development in Russia

Taylor & Francis
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  • Subjects Outside Of The University Themes
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Political Science


The role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the development of Russia’s civil society has been the focus of academic study since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In light of this literature, this article aims to assess the impact of the movement that has most often been seen as very promising for Russia’s future civil society development—the environmental movement—by utilising research undertaken in Samara Oblast’ of the Russian Federation. While the results do reveal some positive contributions to civil society development in Russia, they also exhibit many similarities with other studies in the extant literature, illustrating the relative weakness of Russia’s social movements in the area of civil society development.

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