Russian village houses, barns and a church through a snow shower

Russia is known as a country with a high level of domestic violence. There is no official statistics available, while NGOs concerned with this issue face serious challenges. And now, the Russian legal system has de facto removed an essential protective barrier between assailant and his prey.


This is an introduction of book based on the results of the project “Development of Civil Initiatives in the North Caucasus through the strengthening and consolidation of regional civil society leaders”. This book tells the stories of these projects, as well as some stories about their authors and participants: their intentions, expectations, analysis of the difficulties they faced during the implementation of the project and the ways they used to tackle them.


For the first time in the EU's history, a member state has voted to leave the European Union, with 52 percent of the British voters favoring a "Brexit". Since the surprising results were announced, Prime Minister David Cameron as well as the leaders of the Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, have stepped down, leaving the country in political turmoil.

In our dossier, we want to explore the international reactions: How are the EU member states as well as the US, Russia and Asian governments responding to the Brexit decision? What will be the long and short term implications for other member states and the future of the European Union?



There can be no normalization of the relations with Russia as long as Moscow leads a war in the eastern Ukraine. This articles examines a new attempt to resolve the Ukraine conflict.

“The New Green EU-Russia Talks“- forum was held 11-12 February 2016 in Moscow, under the theme “A New Form of Anti-liberalism in Europe? Left and Right Wing Populism in EU and Russia“.

Over the last two days (21/22 September 2015), civil society actors and think tank experts from Poland, Ukraine, Russia and Germany have met to confer on the crisis of the European security order and on ways out of the current political-military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The conference was organized by the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, the Moscow Organizing Committee of the All-Russia Civil Forum, the Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw and the International Centre for Policy Studies in Kiev.

International Dialogue

The Group of 20 is an informal club of some of the strongest economies in the world. Together, these industrialized and emerging economies direct some important world policies. This happens mostly behind closed doors!


Brexit leave UK referendum

The referendum on UK's membership in the EU marks a unprecedented turning point in the history of the EU. Its effects cannot entirely be foreseen but it shows the current problem areas of the European integration project.

American researchers Andrei S. Markovits and Joseph Claver decided to describe and comprehend the experience of one of the most progressive political movements in Europe today - the experience of the  Green movement. The result of their work was a little book called "30 Years in the Bundestag." Heinrich Boell Foundation in Russia is pleased to announce the release of the Russian translation of this publication.


Brussels, Belgium, 18 November 2015 – The Heinrich Böll Foundation and Friends of the Earth International have published today the first English edition of the Coal Atlas 2015 in Brussels. The Coal Atlas contains the latest facts and figures on the use of coal and its environmental and social consequences. With more than 60 detailed infographics, the atlas illustrates the coal industry’s impact on nature, health, labour, human rights and politics.


Twenty four Annex 1 signatory countries of the Kyoto Protocol, including Russia, in accordance with the requirements of the International Assessment and Review (IAR) presented their Biennial Reports and answered questions from other delegations.

Heinrich Boll Foundation in Russia, in cooperation with the Center for Independent Social Research (CISR) and international society Memorial are organizing a Summer School.


Tolerant? That's Us

A project of author Dr. Carolin Emcke and director Angelina Maccarone, it presents an ironic take on social expectations and attributions. Who is tolerant? Who are “we”, who “the others”? How private or public may love become?

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What makes up the daily life of the woman who lives in the North Caucasus? What does her sense of self consist of? What are her fears, dreams, and attitudes toward career, family life and relationships? What kind of changes she would like to see and bring about in her life?
The research of Heinrich Boell Foundation «Life and the Status of Women in the North Caucasus» was conducted as a serious attempt to answer these questions. In the fall of 2014 under the scientific supervision of Gender Coordinator Irina Kosterina data collection was carried out in four North Caucasus republics — Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and Dagestan. The regional coordinators of the project in these republics were Libkan Bazaeva, Lydia Kurbanova, Inna Ayrapetyan (Chechnya), Janette Akhilgova (Ingushetia), Victoria Petrova (Dagestan) and Irina Kishukova (Kabardino-Balkaria). Methodological Project Consultant was Olga Elkina.


The Heinrich Böll Foundation has chosen the winners of the competition it sponsored for Russian citizens to give a presentation during the annual meeting of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, which will be held in New-York from 9th – 20th March 2015. We are happy to announce that the winners are Julia Antonova and Natalia Khodyreva. 

The Heinrich Böll Foundation and the “Women of the Don” foundation for developing civil society and human rights are holding a closing conference for the project “Development of Civil Initiatives in the North Caucasus through the strengthening and consolidation of regional civil society leaders” on 6-7 December 2014 in the city of Sochi, Russia.  

Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in Russia

Welcome to the website of the Heinrich Böll Foundation's office in Moscow, which is responsible for the Foundation's work in Russia. We are particularly glad to introduce the new layout which will enable us to present our activities in a more interesting and accessible manner. In the topic sections (Democracy, Gender, Ecology and International Dialogue) we write about events organised independently or in cooperation with other organisations as well as about publications on the subjects we consider important. The site contains information mainly in Russian and German. We would also like to invite you to access selected information available in English. We hope you will enjoy the site. Please, feel welcome to participate in our events and do not hesitate to contact us for further information.