Proof that history can be changed


For decades, Russian civil rights activist, historian, and German scholar Irina Scherbakova has been working to shed light on the repressive policies of the former Soviet Union. This Monday, she was awarded the Goethe Medal.

Свежие публикации

Public initiatives in the North Caucasus. Stories from practitioners

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.


Coal Atlas 2015 released in Brussels

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.


The Barents Eco-Art Academy was held on the shores of Lake Imandra

40 participants from nine different Russian cities, one week of seminars and creative workshops from leading experts, 7 projects intersecting art and ecology. This is what happened on the shores of Lake Imandra ( in the city of Apatity) from 24 February to 1 March of last winter at the Barents Eco-Art Academy, which was organized by the organizations " Nature and Youth" and "Kola Environmental Center" with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the online magazine "7x7 Horizontal Russia".

How realistic is an Energiewende in Russia?

Renewable energy and energy efficiency are not widely discussed in Russia for many reasons. Germany has certainly been an excellent example of energy transformation, an example other governments would do well to follow, but let’s take a look at the present situation in Russia. Vladimir Slivyak reports from Moscow.

By Vladimir Slivyak

News from the UN-Climate Conference in Copenhagen

The second and decisive week of the UN-Climate Conference in Copenhagen has kicked off.
A small group of Russian ecological organizations continues to publish the daily newsletter “Below 2 Degrees”, supported by the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. The newsletter reports (in Russian and English) about the negotiations and positions of the Russian delegation but also those of other CIS-states such as Ukraine or Kazakhstan. 
Follow this link to the blog/ newsletter “Below 2 Degrees”.

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Международный диалог

G20 in Focus

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: United Kingdom is divided

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.

By Klaus Linsenmeier

International Working Group: Thinking about a Common European Future

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.

European Historical Forum 2014

The European History Forum took place in the Heinrich Böll Foundation for the fourth time on November 13 and 14. This time the title was "1914-2014: History in the Service of War and Propaganda"

G20 Update - Monthly newsletter

The Heinrich Böll Foundation publishes a monthly newsletter, the “G20 Update”, on the G20 Summit processes and outcomes with special emphasis on the contributions to the processes by civil society organizations.

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A New Attempt to Resolve the Ukraine Conflict

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.

By Ralf Fücks, Marieluise Beck

New green EU-Russia talks 2016

“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“.

What is the Green identity?

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.


The new project of the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Russia and the online magazine Colta.ru - Dissidents

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Гендерная демократия

Russian faux family values: Domestic violence decriminalized in Russia

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.

By Irina Kosterina

Life and the Status of Women in the North Caucasus. Report summary on survey by Irina Kosterina

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.

By Ирина Костерина

The conference in Sochi

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.  

“Alles was wir wollen“.

The Dostoevsky Library and Heinrich Böll Foundation invite you to the presentation of and discussion about the film “Alles was wir wollen“.

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