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MOSCOW, September 26 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Committee of Civil Initiatives will award the country’s best non-government organization (NGO) with a prize of 200,000 rubles, according to the committee’s chairman and former finance minister, Alexei Kudrin.
“It will not be a grant, it will be a prize to the best non-government organization,” Kudrin said on Thursday, noting that the key criteria would be social importance. The awarding ceremony is planned to be held on December 14.
The committee is worried over “attempts to create imitation mechanisms, to set up quasi-NGOs, and to exert control over activists,” he said.
“I am absolutely positive about the idea of allocating state grants to non-government organizations,” he noted. “But these funds should be complementary to what is done by businessmen. If financing is completely from the government funds, it will mean that tese organizations would be dependent.”