«Public Administration Issues» Journal,

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Research and educational journal
Published quarterly since 2007
ISSN 1999-5431
E-ISSN 2409-5095

Darya Miloslavskaya 1, Olga Shumburova 2, Natal'ya Ivanova3,4
  • 1 Chair of the Board of the Non-profit Partnership “Lawyers for Civil Society”, member of the Russian Federation Public Chamber, Lawyers for Civil Society, 3/5, Building 6 Maly Znamenskiy Lane, Moscow 119019, Russian Federation
  • 2 Legal Adviser with the Russian Federation Branch of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, member of the Non-profit Partnership “Lawyers for Civil Society”, Lawyers for Civil Society, 3/5, Building 6 Maly Znamenskiy Lane, Moscow 119019, Russian Federation
  • 3 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation
  • 4 PhD, Senior Research Associate, Center for Studies of Civil Society and the Non-profit Sector, HSE

Public benefit status in international legislation

2015. No. 1. P. 33–52 [issue contents]

The article aims at analyzing international legislation approaches to defining the public benefit status which entitles nongovernmental noncommercial organizations to government support. International definitions of public benefit status are examined in comparison with major provisions of the Russian law on socially oriented NGOs. The analysis focused on the following key components of the public benefit status: the concept and goals of public benefi t activity, legislative and statutory approaches to the status of public benefit organizations, regulation of public benefit organizations activity, benefits and responsibilities of public benefit organizations.

The analysis has identified essential lacunas in Russian legislation which are mostly associated with the conditions of regulating activities of socially oriented NGOs receiving government support.

The article makes a conclusion that a holistic, systemic approach to the legal definition of the status of socially oriented NGOs in the Russian law, primarily addressing the identified lacunas, is an essential condition of improving the effectiveness of government support for socially oriented organizations in Russia.

Suggested recommendations on improving the legal definition of the status of socially oriented organizations include: a more specified description of types of public benefit activity; the establishment of a government body charged with awarding and withdrawing the status of socially oriented organizations and monitоring their activities; a specific list of criteria for an organization to receive the status of socially oriented and the term during which this status is valid; the responsibility for socially oriented organizations to make their reporting open to public access.

The annex contains the typology of public benefit activities and regulating bodies in European countries.


Miloslavskaya, D.I., Shumburova, O.V. & Ivanova, N.V. (2015). Status organizatsiy obshchestvennoi polzy v zakonodatelstve razlichnykh stran [Public benefit status in international legislation]. Public Administration Issues, n. 1, pp. 33–52 (in Russian)

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