While there is significant debate over foreign funding issues and closing civic space in Russia, the key problem of the Russian non-profit sector may be a broader need to “catch-up” with countries that have more developed civil society institutions. That is starting to change.

A team of lawyers and journalists has been using new media technologies to provide legal advice and information, and even came up with a mobile game to appeal to younger audiences. The “text quest” game has become the first pro-social game in Russia, generating modest revenue and representing a step forward in exploring new outreach strategies and revenue models.

The full article can be found on the Open Global Rights website.

Tatiana Tolsteneva has 10 years of managing experience in the Russian non-profit sector, with a focus on human rights defenders initiatives. She has a Master’s degree in Law from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) and is finalizing her Master’s Degree in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics.


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