Civil Society in the North Caucasus

In this new report, Dr. Irina Kosterina reveals a mixed picture of civil society in Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Dagestan. While civil society has broadly suffered from the overreach of local authorities and faces legal difficulties and financial hardship, there are bright spots where local organizations and initiatives have scored victories for humanitarian, civic, and human rights objectives. She concludes that this mosaic of contestation and cooperation warrants continued investigation, as well as increased support from national and international networks.

Dr. Irina Kosterina was a visiting fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS from January to March 2019.

This publication was made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.

Irina Kosterina

Visiting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program