Players and Pawns: The Current Controversy with and Clampdown on NGOs in Russia

  • Chris Cavanaugh


The purpose of this chapter is to expose readers to very sophisticated and intentional legal mechanisms designed to keep the nongovernmental organization (NGO)/community-based organization (CBO) sector under political control. Using the recent developments in the Russian Federation as an example, this chapter details the framework and vehicles for political attacks upon NGOs within the context of a society based upon the rule-of-law. By the end of this chapter, the reader should have a firm grasp of the political trappings faced by NGOs when operating under hostile government conditions.


Civil Society Nongovernmental Organization Russian Government Annual Plan Western Government 
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