Grantee Profile

Moscow Helsinki Group

Grants to Moscow Helsinki Group

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 3 years)

    Human Rights & International Justice

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Founded in 1976 by a group of Soviet dissidents and acquiring a legal existence in 1998 under Mikhail Gorbachev, Moscow Helsinki Group is the oldest Russian human rights organization. Today, Moscow Helsinki Group remains one of Russia's leading human rights groups. The purpose of the project is to improve the transparency of the Russian courts through monitoring court proceedings in three regions of Russia. The methodology for monitoring would be developed through wide discussion with stakeholders. The project would generate informed discussion about the justice system. Foundation dollars would be spent on salaries, conferences, roundtable discussions, and travel expenses.

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Duration 4 years)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA — This MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions will enable Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) to obtain additional office space in Moscow, thereby providing security and stability for the non-profit. MHG is Russia's oldest human rights advocacy group, founded in May 1976 by a group of activists to monitor the USSR's observance of its human rights obligations. Closed down by the authorities during 1982-1989, today MHG continues to play a leading role in the Russian human rights movement, conducting advocacy, publicizing violations, publishing reports, collaborating with a national network of human rights groups, and training human rights activists and government officials.

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights & International Justice

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA — To strengthen the human rights movement by monitoring human rights in Russia and to continue development of a regional monitoring network (over two years).

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights & International Justice

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA — In support of a long-term strategy to strengthen the human rights movement in Russia through monitoring human rights and the development of a regional monitoring network (over two years).

  • $750,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights & International Justice

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA — In support of regional monitoring, legal assistance clinics, and coalition-building activities (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Moscow Helsinki Group $2,400,000 between 2003 and 2014.

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