More than 20 social agencies in Ekaterinburg and its oblast have founded a new social institution, the Ekaterinburg regional center for the support of civil initiatives "Civil Society."
It all began with the creation in Sverdlovsk in 1987 of the group "Meeting 87." Over the course of nearly 10 years this informal group has provided organizational, technical, informational and legal assistance for the activities of nongovernmental organizations that have as their goal the realization of the legal rights and interests of citizens, the destruction of the totalitarian regime, and the construction of civil society. The charter tasks of the newly created Center are to provide technical, legal and other assistance to give citizens the possibility of defending their legal rights and interests and to enable the creation of civil society; to cooperate in the professionalization of the activity of social organizations; contacts; exchange of information; cooperation and solidarity with social entities in the region and in Russia; legal education; and the creation of social defense of rights in the region. Vladimir Nev'iantsev was chosen as Executive Director of the Center.
Last updated: January 1997
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).