Insufficient level of interaction between civil society organizations, government and business
One fairly simple format for engaging with government is writing to them, explaining what we are working on and inviting them to work with us… We have already done everything, we have started to allocate support, and we have had to wait a month and a half for a response — Svetlana Bazhenova, General Director, Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization of Additional Professional Education and Consulting Razvitie.
Businesses were complaining, saying that they were ready to offer assistance and waiting for civil society organizations to approach them, that they needed help in order to help people. One the one hand it feels like a partnership, but it also seems as though not everybody was immediately aware of the need to act collectively, and there were situations where people had to fend for themselves — Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, Member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation; Chairman, Commission for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector and Support of Socially Oriented NPOs; Director, "Agency of Social Information".
In some regions, youth affairs agencies would take on a leading role and coordinating position, while in others it was the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, but public involvement was certainly lacking — Pavel Savchuk, Chairman, Russian Red Cross All-Russian Civic Organization.