ORCID: Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik: 0000-0002-5672-9613
Edition: Lublin 2017
Citation method: A. Kuczyńska-Zonik, ‘Russian-speaker NGOs in the Baltic States’, Yearbook of the Institute of East-Central Europe, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2017, pp. 165-183.
The aim of this paper is to explore the issue of Russian-speaker nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Baltic states that are engaged in the promotion of Russian culture and language as well as in the representation of Russian-speakers’ rights. As many surveys and much research concerning the Russian-speaking diaspora in the Baltic states have been conducted, it is important to indicate the characteristics of these NGOs as an essential factor of articulating the diaspora’s interests. In the empirical analysis, the author will use quantitative and qualitative measures of these organizations’ form, structure, activities, and members. As a result, it is argued that these NGOs in the Baltic states are moderately successful. While it is an opportunity for the Russian-speaking diaspora to mediate between society, the state authorities and the international community, these NGOs have influenced the consolidation of the Russian-speaking population in the Baltic states only to a small extent. Additionally, under some circumstances, these NGOs can be considered to comprise a Russian soft power tool of influence in the Baltic states.