Institute of Democracy and Cooperation

Profile: Institute of Democracy and Cooperation

1- Name of NGO:

Institute of Democracy and Cooperation

2- Brief & Mission:

The Institute of Democracy and Cooperation was established in Paris in 2008, with a branch in New York until 2015. According to its website, this think tank aims to actively engage in the discourse concerning the correlation between state sovereignty and human rights, East-West relations, Russia’s position in Europe, the interpretation and application of human rights in various nations, as well as the utilization of historical memory in contemporary politics. As per information released by Wikileaks, the institute was founded by the Russian government with the objective of challenging what they perceived as the Western “monopoly.” 

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

The Institute, headed by Natalia Narochnitskaya, a former member of the State Duma who previously worked at the Secretariat General of the UN in New York from 1982 to 1989, was indeed established by the Russian government. Its primary aim is to challenge what the Government of Russia perceives as Western hegemony in the definition and reporting of human rights abuses. Additionally, the institute seeks to foster discussions on human rights devoid of cultural biases and strives to enhance Russia’s reputation in the Western world.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

The Institute, led by Natalia Narochnitskaya, a former member of the State Duma, indicates a direct association with or support from the Russian government.

5- Sources of Funding:

According to Laughland, the IDC is purportedly funded by the Historical Perspective Foundation, which receives partial financial support from Russian government presidential grants.

6- Activities:

Natalia Narochnitskaya, the head of the institute, also serves on the board of trustees of the Russkiy Mir Foundation and leads the non-profit organization, the Historical Perspective Foundation. The Historical Perspective Foundation is engaged in countering the alleged falsification of history and aims to create an objective international information space focused on Russia. It is worth noting that the term “falsification of history” is commonly used by Russian politicians and compatriots, but it does not necessarily imply a pursuit of objective information and a balanced perspective on historical events. Rather, it reflects an effort to uphold the Soviet interpretation of history, where Germans are consistently portrayed as the “villains” or “fascists,” while partisans and Russians are presented as the sole heroes and liberators.

7- NGO Leadership:

The Institute is directed by Natalia Narochnitskaya, a former member of the State Duma, with John Laughland serving as the IDC’s director of studies. It is worth noting that Laughland, a British Eurosceptic, holds views that align closely with those of the Kremlin.

8- Controversy:

Furthermore, the reports indicate that the think tank, operating on behalf of Russia, has effectively influenced media narratives by collaborating closely with journalists and reporters from numerous mainstream media outlets.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:www.idc-europe.org
  • Address:Paris
  • Email: 

10- Classification/Blacklist:

The think tank has been labeled as blacklisted because of its associations with the Russian government.

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