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Article

Subnational Variations in Government-Nonprofit Relations: A Comparative Analysis of Regional Differences within Russia

Stefan Toepler, Pape U., Vladimir Benevolenski.

This article discusses the evolution of government-nonprofit relations at the regional
level in Russia against the background of national-level restrictions on NGOs. Russia recently also
introduced supportive policies and the article aims to trace the regional administrations’ reactions
to the dual realities of the federal government’s posture towards nonprofits. Considerable variation
was found in regional government-nonprofit relationships as well as deviation from national policy
stances. Using a subnational comparative framework, this article addresses a gap in the literature
and lays the groundwork for future cross-national comparisons of subnational variations of
government-nonprofit relations in other authoritarian and hybrid political regimes.