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AVP workshop Kharkiv

Alternatives to Violence Project

AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) gives practical training that helps people to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. The method was originally developed by Quakers in the 1970s in the USA for use in prison...

Students at the English Club

Educational support for orphans

The organisation ‘Big Change’ works in Moscow to support the educational needs of young people who were or still are in care, either in foster homes or institutions. Institutionalised children receive almost no education, have no state support once...

Outside the draft office in Kazan

Advice for conscientious objectors

An advice centre in Kazan called “For Our Sons” provides legal and other advice on alternative service for conscientious objectors. The centre also helps in cases where there is an illegal attempt to conscript people who are exempt from military...

Keeping kids safe on the internet

Children and teenagers can be particularly vulnerable when they use the internet. Risks include online bullying and depressive youth movements (sects and “death groups” which encourage suicide). A project in Dzerzhinsk, running during 2018, aimed to share experience and...

Portrait of Chertkov by Repin (Wikipedia public domain)

Preserving the Chertkov Archive

Vladimir Chertkov was the literary executor of Tolstoy, and the organiser of the Russian pacifist movement in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union in the early 20th Century. The aim of this project was to preserve, by electronic scanning,...

AVP Ukraine in 2017

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) gives practical training that helps people to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Originally developed by Quakers in the 1970s in the USA, for use in prison work, the...