MacArthur has announced seven grants totaling $860,000 in support of human rights work in Russia.
The democratic possibilities need encouragement at this critical time in Russias transition, said Jonathan Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation. Beneath the headlines of uncertain progress, local human rights groupsover 3,000 of them by some countsare taking root across Russias vast expanse. Building a strong foundation for civil society counters tendencies to slip back into an authoritarian past. MacArthur supports nongovernmental groups in 13 regions across Russia, and well as Moscow-based groups that bring them together into a vibrant network, exposing police abuse, defending freedom of expression, seeking fair treatment for women, and promoting the rule of law through the application of international standards to Russian reality.
Seven grants have been awarded to organizations working in regions across Russia on various human rights related matters.