At the meeting of the Council of Public chamber (OP) in Moscow on Tuesday evening, December 13, community members presented the draft annual report on the major events in the nonprofit sector and public agencies. The chamber will send the document to the ministries and to the President before the end of December, said Mr Perelmuth, a press-the Secretary OP Alexander Brechalov.
Information agenda Russians forming news aggregators and social networks, follows from the draft report (are available). In the document of “special concern” indicates that the information distributors on the Internet are not a registered media, and are not subject to Russian legislation. “Formed news picture often appeared one-sided, biased, and in some cases openly anti-Russian,” — noted the authors.
In the offices of the lack of trained journalists, specializing in volunteer, social and “Patriotic themes”, stated in the document. In the OP is recommended to deduct up to 5% of the total grant amount NGO to publicize its activities in media and to require the grantee to report on the results through the media.
The report cited political pressure on the Russian press abroad. In particular, the refusal of entry to Moldova correspondents “REN TV” and the detention in Kosovo of journalists of the Agency News Front, which became known through reports from the breakaway republics of Donbass. In response to “an active anti-Russian propaganda” the report’s authors offered “to show what lives Crimea today”.
“There is unprecedented, clearly structured anti-Russian propaganda”, said a member OP Maxim Grigoriev. According to him, the materials of the Islamists supported the Ukrainian sites: “Is the shaft of Russophobic propaganda. Appear staged video where the terrorists depict murdered people, allegedly victims of Russian bombing in Syria.”
Foreign agents and PMCS
On December 6 at a meeting of the members of the HRC complained to the law on NGOs-registered as a foreign agent, the first Deputy head of presidential administration Sergey Kiriyenko. Kremlin official assured that the law can be improved. 8 Dec Putin at a meeting of the HRC instructed to consider the issue of enforcement of the law on registered as a foreign agent.
In the draft report the law on NGOs-registered as foreign agents is mentioned, but not presented evidence that in 2016 he created any problems the social worker.
The problem affected by the law on foreign agents is exaggerated, said the Director of the Fund “Perspective” and a member of the OP Alexander Svinin. “They are just a tiny amount, and now the opposite NCOs come back to normal, and civil society is experiencing a new life,” said Svinin. Member OP Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, in contrast, believes that the law has negatively affected the reputation of NGOs and must be changed.
At the meeting of the HRC with Putin and Kiriyenko human rights activists have raised the issue with the PMC and complained about the Public chamber, which form the Supervisory Committee. In October, it was approved the new composition of the PMC in Moscow, which got the former head of the SIZO “Butyrka” figurant “the list Magnitsky” the prison Dmitry br. While the new composition of the PMC were not included such prominent human rights activists like Anna Karetnikova and Andrei Babushkin.
In the end the OP sued a member of the HRC Elena Masyuk, and the Love of Volkov and Lydia Dubikova, demanding to recognize illegal the rejection of their candidates for membership of the PMC in Moscow and the Moscow region.
“In the Public chamber of the Russian Federation is considered inappropriate excessive politicization of this issue”, — the report says. He Brechalov at a meeting OP said that he “was strange to hear representatives of the HRC who openly lied live the President.” “For me it’s all kind of wildness absolutely was,” said the head of the OP.
The growth of the informal grassroots civic engagement is the main trend in the development of civic engagement, according to the report. They estimate that in 2015 — 2016, the total number of non-profit organizations (NPOs) remained stable. At the end of 2015 in the registry of the Ministry of justice, there were over 226 thousand NGOs, a year later they became a thousand more. According to estimates of authors of the document, in 2016, only 10-15% of NGOs do work (i.e., regularly hold events). The same number of organizations acted in the previous year.
In the report there is a reference to the data of Rosstat, according to which in 2015 is socially oriented NGOs received more than 686 billion. the Main income of these organizations received from realization of goods (32.9% of all revenues), grants from commercial organizations amounted to 18.3% transfers help individuals to 14.1% and revenues from the Federal budget (6.7 per cent) and regional budgets (5%). Over 26 million people, according to Rosstat, received from NGO social services in 2015. The level of trust of NGOs remains low, according to the Center for civil society studies and the nonprofit sector at the Higher school of Economics.
In addition to the above the report mentions the problem of the threat of terrorism, the role of the family, affordable housing and utilities.