This chapter concludes our analysis by examining continuing impediments to the emergence of an environmentally attuned civil society in Russia, some nascent successes, and the possible future of the civil society/NGO sector given what we think is likely to occur over time. At the outset, it may be asserted that while Russia’s nascent civil society is beginning to exercise greater influence over public policy, it still exerts little direct influence on national policy formulation or national political leaders–especially with regard to environmental protection. Recent actions by organized groups, seen in our cases and further documented in the survey results, may change this political landscape in ways amenable to a positive future both for Russia’s environmental politics and for environmental politics worldwide. Prospects for consolidating civil society influence, and furthering its advancement, depend–as shown by our survey and cases–on three trends. First, citizens and NGOs must be able to independently gather information. Encouraging examples are emerging regarding the ability of citizen groups to independently collect information.
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