By Suvi Salmenniemi

This e-book examines civic activism, democratization and gender in modern Russian society. It describes the nature and primary organizing ideas of Russian democratic civic lifestyles, contemplating the way it has built because the Soviet interval, and reading the ambitions and identities of vital civic teams - together with alternate unions - and the meanings they've got received within the context of wider Russian society. specifically, Suvi Salmenniemi investigates the gender dimensions, either masculine and female, of socio-political participation in Russia, contemplating what forms of gendered meanings are given to civic firms and formal politics, and the way femininity and masculinity are represented during this context. Exploring the function of country associations within the improvement of democratic civic lifestyles, the quantity indicates how, less than the more and more authoritarian Putin regime and its coverage of ‘managed democracy’, self reliant civic activism is either thriving but on the comparable restricted. in accordance with huge fieldwork learn, it offers a lot wanted info on how Russians themselves view those advancements, either from the viewpoint of civic activists and the neighborhood professionals.

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However, we were told that it was impossible to make a copy of the register, but we would be allowed to read it in the premises of the legal department. It would have been possible to copy the register by hand, but it would have been extremely time-consuming given the over 1,200 registered organizations (both city and region) on the list. We rejected this alternative and turned to the CGS for help. The leader of the CGS had a colleague at the university who knew an official working in the legal department.

The CGS is an openly feminist grassroots group and part of the feminist movement in Russia. It was founded at the end of the 1990s and it collaborates with foreign donors. The TUHW is a successor of the Soviet trade union of medical workers, has a nationwide organizational structure and collaborates closely with the Russian state. Thus, the assumption is that these organizations help to highlight different aspects of civic activity, providing information about how certain types of organization, feminist/education-oriented groups and trade unions, operate.

In the Soviet system, the creation of political capital was tied to the Party structure and nomenklatura: positions in the Party and Soviet societal organizations offered political capital that could be converted into cultural (access to prestigious educational institutions) and economic capital (access to better housing, consumer goods, and trips abroad). In post-Soviet Russia, the nature of political capital has changed, as the all-arching Party structure has collapsed, but it is still of great importance.

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