Features - Russia
Photo Youth – the art of crossing borders
Taking pictures to overcome the borders of their disability: hundreds of disadvantaged children have joined the PhotoYouth project, a cross-border initiative implemented between Russia and Latvia. This EU-funded initiative has brought together 250 young photographers and 50 teachers from 22 correcti...
A cultural route from Castle to Castle
For centuries, European rulers have lined their borders with fortresses and castles. Over the years, their usage has changed, and people now tend to visit them, not looking for shelter from the enemy, but as tourists eager to learn about their history. In 2011, Finland and Russia agreed t...
Adapting steel to conquer the Arctic
Steel is mostly used at temperatures above -20ºС. But what about icebreakers and cargo boats sailing in Arctic regions? And how can you build oil drilling rigs and gas and oil pipelines at temperatures as low as -60°? Russian and European scientists are joining forces to develop new ice-re...
Returning rivers to the fish
Major changes to river ecosystems brought aboutby mankindover the years have had a negative impact on nature’s biodiversity.Rivers have suffered immensely from timber rafting, the construction of various hydraulic facilities, intensive navigation and agriculture. Populations of migratory fish ...
Providing a home for my baby
In Ekaterinburg, every three days or so, a young mother abandons her child after birth, leaving him or her behind in the maternity ward. The key problem is always the same. There is a shortage of temporary residences where lonely, needy and often adolescent mothers can take refuge, pull themselves t...
Crumbling avant-garde buildings being given a new lease of life
The fate of dozens of Russian and Ukrainian avant-garde buildings dating back to the 1920s and 1930 is today hanging in the balance. They are often crumbling, generally in a dilapidated state. And yet some of them, such as the Shukhov Tower and Gorky Park in Moscow, are real masterpieces of early So...
Social cohesion: Networking to keep children with their families and out of institutional care in Russia
"Russia is now entering a new phase of development in the social welfare system which could be called ‘prevention, standardization and deinstitutionalisation." (UNICEF Report) This project is about preventing the entry of children into institutional care, and ensuring thei...
Humanitarian Aid for the Victims of the Chechen war
An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Chechen civilians died, hundred of thousands were wounded; over 270,000 people fled to neighbouring Ingushetia and Dagestan; around 100,000 Chechens fled to the EU. This is the almost forgotten magnitude of the humanitarian crises which was triggered by the second Che...
Will Europe save that old house in Vladimir?
When reconstructing a historical building, experts are often faced with the challenge of finding the right balance between using energy-efficient technologies and preserving the building’s authenticity. This is precisely what the EU-funded Energy Efficiency and Urban Development Planni...
Forest protection and cranberry pies
The Bezhanitski District in the Pskov Region offers a typical portrait of Russia’s Northwest – agricultural and economically weak. Its distinctiveness lies in its proximity to external borders of the European Union (a mere 150km) and the fact that it is home to one of the largest...
Purer water for the Caspian Sea
In the 1990s the ecosystem of the Caspian Sea, a habitat for sturgeon, seals and other species, was endangered by pollution, oil spills, coastal discharges etc. and the littoral states could not undertake regular water quality monitoring to understand the status of its environment and ecosystems. Th...
Saving the Black Sea
The Black Sea countries have long exploited ample resources of the sea they share. Over time, pollution, coastal development and overfishing undermined the unique ecosystem. The SCBSea project contributes to the sustainable development of the Black Sea Basin by preventing and reducing the input of...
Promoting democracy through social NGOs in Russia
A need for reform in the Russian social services scheme The Russian government started an administrative reform in the early 2000s in order to hand over some of the social services to market forces. Until recently, there has not been a sufficient and sustainable link betwee...
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Combating in the Russian Federation, Phase II
The HIV epidemic in Russia is consideredto be the fastest growing in Europe with nearly 389 000 HIV positive people officially registered in June 2007. As many of them require anti-retroviral treatment (ART)there has been an extraordinary scale up of treatment and care, both on behalf of the Russian...
Eastern Partnership – Questions and Answers
1. Why is the EU proposing the Eastern Partnership? Because the time is ripe to step up our relations with our Eastern neighbours. Events in the countries in Eastern Europe and in the Southern Caucasus affect the EU. Successive EU enlargements have brought these countries closer to the EU and...
Sustainable Integrated Land Use of the Eurasian Steppes
The steppe is a rare ecosystem; one of the rarest in Europe. It is sustained by insects, large animals, fire and the local climate. The last century saw the reduction of large animals and fire. Now the steppe needs to be stabilised through a combination of agricultural management and nature conserva...
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