Mikhail Fedotov suggests funding NGOs through business and charities

5 September 2013 

Source: HRO.org (info
The chair of the Council for Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov, proposes expanding the sources for financing NGOs by increasing donations from Russian business and contributions from international charitable organizations. He made this declaration at a session of the Council, attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

According to Ria Novosti, Fedotov suggested that if this funding is distributed to NGOs on a competitive basis through an organization directed by Ella Pamfilova, there will be no issues regarding the effective use of these funds. 

As Rosbalt reports, Putin declared at the meeting that the government provided more than 3.2 billion roubles to NGOs for social projects in 2013, and as of 2014 an annual sum of 500 million roubles will be given in grants to human rights NGOs. The grants will be distributed by the Civic Dignity movement, led by Pamfilova. 

At the same time, the President admitted that “not everything is OK” with the NGO law, and said he was prepared to hear proposals by human rights activists on how to perfect the law on registration of NGOs.