About Russia...and not all about football

We would like to use the World Cup as a chance to provide you with more information about Russia. The Moscow office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation has prepared a series of texts and video materials on various topics relevant to Russia that are going to be published in the coming weeks. 

Our topics

Our main values are ecology and sustainable development, democracy and human rights as well as the right of self determination and justice. Special interest is laid on gender democracy - the social emancipation and equality of men and women. We stand up for the equality of cultural and ethnical minorities and last but not least for nonviolence and an active peace policy.

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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".

Ecology - all articles


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.

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“.

Democracy - all articles

International Dialogue

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.

International Dialogue - all articles

Gender Democracy

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. 

By Ирина Костерина
Gender Democracy

New Publications

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.

„Cinema verité – 2014: Documentary in a year of upheaval“

"When we started our project and named it cinema verité we did not yet know, how soon this verité (truth, at least in the cinema) would become a necessity in Russia. In this year truth was barely graspable; could not be extracted from the tide of events. The Russian reality has changed so quickly (we even have been weaned from it), that there was no time to catch up or internalise. Under these circumstances the social reaction was hysteric. The atmosphere was unpredictable..."

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