Questions from Russian NGOs

Submitted by the International Center Russia*




*See below for information about the International Center Russia

If you would like to try providing an answer to any of the questions below, please do so! Send your answer to:, with a copy to Alexey Volynets at Please indicate in your e-mail which question you are answering. 

1.  Our Center helps and coordinates work of non-government organizations in Arkhangelsk Oblast. Could you please send us information about similar centers in the States? We want to learn about their work and, if possible, to establish some sort of cooperation.
-- Tatyana Puzanova, Manager of the Center for the Support of Arkhangelsk NGOs

2.  I extremely need your help. Please, send me copies of the Congress decisions on the issue of the determination of chemical weapons in Russia, especially in Maradycovo arsenal of the Kirov Oblast. Our government is going to do
outrageous things here and says that it does it according to the agreement with Americans and some decisions of the Congress. It sounds weird and suspicious, but that is what they say. However, I was not able to get those documents in Russia.) The project, at least in its current form, is extremely dangerous and we are fighting against it. It would be good to know exactly what those Russian-American agreements were about. Please help, you will do a good thing and help lots of people.
-- Nikolay Kraev 

3.  I am working on a website for Russian human and civil rights movement and search for means to develop it. Could you please send me contacts of the American organizations that could provide consultant and/or financial help?
--Alexander Alexandrov,

4.  We are the Krasnoyarsk division of the International Socio-Environmental Union. There are more than 19 NGOs and 300 members in the division. Our mission is to unite environmental groups in the region to protect environment
and living creatures.  Our main problem is the lack of financial resources. We also need consultant and informational support for our newspaper, Environment of the Krasnodar Region, and a web-site, We are very grateful to you for you valuable information and would like to ask you if you could also send us information about similar organizations in the United States as well as addresses of the international organizations that provide
financial support for projects like ours.
-- Nikolay Zubov, The Chairman Krasnoyarsk division of the International Socio-Environmental Union 

5.  I represent the School of Young Ecological Inspectors. The project aims at strengthening the public ecological control (monitoring) in Russia. This project is to be implemented by NGO Siberian Environmental alliance (S.E.A). We need American partners with similar experience for the project. Please, let us know about such organizations. We can cooperate on many directions.
-- Boris Nekrasov

6.  Our organization, Community Foundation of Kaluga, is working on the gathering of the local recourses for solving local social problems. Besides that, we are trying to promote the idea in other regions as well. Our ultimate goal is to create a web of Community Foundations in Russia. So we have a big request for you. Please, help us to establish connections with Community Foundations in the United States. We also would be very grateful if you could provide any information about the history of Community organizations in your country.
-- Yulia Isaeva, Chairman of Community Foundation Board

7.  Please, send me examples of documents that regulate work of American Unions (or clubs) of businessmen and entrepreneurs. I am a head of such an organization in Kaliningrad but at this point it is too amateur and I would
like to learn from American experience.
-- Sergey Pasko

8.  Please, send me information about International non-government organizations that are working or are interested in working in the countries of the former USSR. Here we have several Ukrainian organizations that are very interested in
cooperation with Western NGOs.
-- A. Podshivalov

9.  The Foundation of the Civil and Political Education and Youth Parliament of Tomsk are looking for partners in the United States. We are especially interested in the schools of young leaders and other organizations that actively involve children and young people in the social and political life. We believe that communication among young people will help mutual understanding of our nations in such a difficult time.
-- Vladimir Igishev 

10.  The city government in Krasnoyarsk is trying to implement a system of hourly-based payment for telephone use. It will be a disaster for many not-so-well-off citizens. The government says that it uses western
experience and all civilized countries have similar systems. Is it true?
-- Vasiliy Damov, Youth Civil rights Movement of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia

11.  Could you please send us information on the following issues:

-- Andrew Andreev, Director of NGO 'Legal Initiative'

12.  I need information about the Agency of International Development. Specifically, I am interested in its program for support for Russian non-commercial sector.
-- Oleg Belogorodskiy, The Center of Economic and Political Research, Tatarstan

13.  I am trying to develop a law about using the "Detector of Lying" in Russia. I know that in the United States this devise is widely used. Could you please provide me as much information as possible about the American experience in
the field?
-- Alexander Kruglikov, member f the Russian Parliament Duma

14.  I am working on a creation of the Legal Service for Russian handicaps and military veterans. Can you, please, send me information about international organizations that could provide a grant for such a project?
-- S. Gilin

15.  I am interested in establishing partner relations with American organizations that provide legal support for civil and human right groups as well as for private citizens whose rights are threatened by the government. Our organization works in this field and we would like to see if we can learn about the American experience.
-- Sergey Parskiy, Chairman of the civic legal organization 'Yustus'

16.  There are many young journals in our organization that are interested in environmental issues. Please, send us information about the organizations of environmental journalists in the United States and possible ways and places where our members could get professional education and expertise in the field.

-- Lidia Astanina, Agency of Ecological Information 'Greenwomen'

17.  With great pleasure I read your last issue cover to cover. It's great. We are very interested in Western reactions to Russian events and to the actions the Russian leadership is taking. In addition, we would like to know much more
about the life of an average American.
-- Maxim Zuvev, Editor in Chief, Strana Kaliningrad Weekly, Kaliningrad


The project IC Russia started last summer. It publishes a regular e-mail newsletter Washington-Online that provides Russian subscribers with news and analytics about US-Russian relations and the situation in Russia. The staff of The Washington-Online gathers, sorts and translates into Russian news and analytics from a variety of American organizations and sends it two-three times a week to the subscribers in Russia.

IC Russia says of itself: "We fulfill a unique informational niche. As far as we know, it is the first and still the only
Russian-language e-mail publication from the Unites States in Russia. It is very convenient for the end users because it is regular, free of charge and copyright-free, in publishing-ready form and does not require Web-searching that is very expensive in Russia. Plus, unlike many media, Washington-Online is has a truly countrywide distribution and influence."

Washington-Online provides information on a variety of topics, including: human and civil rights, environmental movement, economic and social situation in the countries of the former USSR; Arms-control and non-proliferation; American politics towards Russia and other countries of the former USSR, US-Russia relations, US-Russia programs of cultural exchange.

To provide its subscribers with a variety of official and non-official opinions, Washington-Online uses a number of different sources of information: American Congress and Administration, think tanks and centers of Russian studies, American, Russian and NIS Media and non-government organizations working in the field of environmental and arms control and civil and human right. Washington-Online also publishes articles of its experts. However, it
does not comment on the opinions of the sources, allowing the subscribers to make their own judgments.

Washington-Online has about 4,000 subscribers. It has very strong distribution in Russian province: About 75 percent of the subscribers live outside Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The structure of the subscribers is also very diverse. Among them:

Political, social, civil rights and environment activists: 65%
Non-Government organizations: 35%
Media: 41%
State Institutions: 13%
Educational organizations: 8%
Funds and think-tanks: 6%
Business Organizations: 6% 

Last updated:    May 2001

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