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openDemocracy Limited

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $125,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2014–June 30, 2016
  • Location London, United Kingdom
  • Geographic Focus Russia

About this grant

The program goal of openDemocracy Limited is to help foster independent critical analysis of current social and political trends in Russia and surrounding countries. The grantee’s online platform,, publishes on a wide range of issues related to democratic processes, economic inequality, political accountability, and social development. Among its headline sections is oDRussia, which focuses on events in and around Russia. This special opportunity grant will help support expansion of this unique resource, which draws on a range of both Russian and international commentators who analyze issues of everyday existence that reflect how Russians engage with society around them. While largely an English-language resource, oDRussia will seek to substantially increase its output of Russian-language material. It will also increase editorial partnerships to enhance coverage of a broader range of thematic issues. Founded in 2001, the grantee is an independent, public-interest, not-for-profit entity which publishes material under creative commons licensing on issues related to democratic practice, liberty, and human rights.