Ergin, Irmak
Since the Soviet era, civil society has faced many challenges in Russia. Civil society organizations have particularly been more visible and active since the last years of the Soviet Union. In this thesis, I aim to examine the development of civil society organizations, particularly those with a focus on human rights, in the Russian Federation and the challenges they face. First, I will discuss the historical background of civil society formation during the Soviet Union and in the initial years of the Russian Federation. Then, by analyzing specifically the legislative arrangements concerning civil society under Putin and Medvedev’s presidencies, I aim to identify the current civil society framework and problems they encounter. Through my examination, the broader question will be to explain if and why the Western context of the civil society does not fit into the Russian context. This research also highlights the critical pieces of national legislative mechanisms and national Russian legal remedies, which play a crucial role in the development of civil society in Russia. The method used in the thesis is predominantly the critical textual analysis of the legislative framework, together with the analysis of the Western and Russian media.


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Citation Formats
I. Ergin, “THE CHALLENGES FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.