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Article

Modernizing Social Service Delivery in Russia: Evolving Government Support for Nonprofit Organizations

Development in practice. 2017. Vol. 27. No. 1. P. 64-76.

Russia has recently cracked down on politically active civil society,
increasing regulation and undercutting foreign support. However,
apolitical, service-oriented parts of civil society have not been subject to
these restrictive policies. In contrast, since 2009 Russia has introduced a
set of government tools to support socially oriented non-profit
organisations. These tools present a framework akin to concepts of
‘third-party government’ and collaborative governance that have come
to dominate Western public administration discourse. This article
discusses the Russian government’s divergent positions towards civil
society, the nature and extent of the supportive tool kit, and its prospects.