A total of 64 human rights organizations receive presidential grants for $4.5 million
Hundreds of Russian non-governmental organizations (NGO), including those loyal to the authorities and those criticizing them, have received presidential grants following a contest.
According to the information posted on the website of the Russian Public Chamber, a total of 5,855 applications have been processed, out of which 1,087 projects have been selected and have received presidential grants.
Over 64 human rights organizations received grants for 150 million rubles ($498,700) to implement 238 projects, including major human rights organizations - the Moscow Helsinki Group, For Human Rights, the Agora Association and the Memorial human rights society.
The Moscow Helsinki Group received 3.5 million rubles ($105,500) for a project to expand the opportunities for citizens' participation in reforming police and For Human Rights received 5 million rubles ($150,600) to develop the Civil Ombudsman project. The Agora association will be awarded almost 1.3 million rubles ($39,000) to support victims of illegal actions by Russian officials.
The Memorial society has won grants worth a little over 8 million rubles ($240,000) to carry out three projects: 6 million rubles ($180,000) for the project to rehabilitate victims of political repressions, 1.363 million rubles ($41,000) - to publish bulletins to assess the human rights situation in North Caucasus and its Ryazan branch will receive 782,000 rubles ($23,600) to implement a project to protect the rights of disabled people and advocate accessible environments.
The Committee against Torture will receive 4 million rubles ($120,500) for independent investigation of torture and 2.2 million rubles ($66,170) were allocated to the Holocaust scientific and enlightening center to share experiences in order to fight ideologies of hate.
The Prospect organization of disabled people has won 1.8 million rubles ($54,000) to develop inclusive education in Moscow. The Saratov branch of the Russian Union of Journalists received over 500,000 rubles ($15,000) for a school of young journalists.
Meanwhile, the Golos (Voice) association did not receive a grant - the foundation researching issues of democracy (2 million rubles, $60,300) and the Russian free elections foundation (5 million rubles, $150,600) were the ones to receive state support for their election monitoring activities.
The research center under the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State University, which will establish an Internet museum of the Constitution history for the 20th anniversary of the Constitution, received the largest grant, a sum of 15 million rubles ($452,000).