Cover Osteuropa 3-4/2017

In Osteuropa 3-4/2017

Turning “Black Sheep” into Avantgarde
New Ideas Russia’s Civil Society

Barbara von Ow-Freytag

Deutsche Fassung


In Russia, the Putin system systematically destroys civic engagement. The authorities try separate the NGO sector from society. However, the suppression of civil society is a reflection of the treatment of society as a whole. Anti-corruption protests in March 2017 showed that despite all the repressive measures, civil society is still alive in Russia. Germany, the EU and donor organisations should take into account the fact that stronger commitment, a new approach and a higher degree of flexibility are required when working with civil society.

(Osteuropa 3-4/2017, pp. 19–40)