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All-Russia Civic Network Human Rights Watchdog Being Created

MOSCOW. May 5 (Interfax) - A new non-governmental organization named the All-Russia Civic Network is being created in Russia.

The initiative group comprises President of the INDEM Fund Georgy Satarov, President of the Institute of the Social Treaty National Project Alexander Auzan, head of the Publicity Protection Fund Alexei Simonov and a number of journalists, the Russian human rights website reports.

The aim of the new structure is to support civic initiatives, protect NGOs, promote civic enlightenment, assist in the formation of a new political generation, improve the judicial system, and develop and advance projects on pressing problems facing civil society.

The All-Russia Civic Network will have nothing to do with politics and will focus entirely on practical efforts aimed at promoting the development of civil society.

Leader of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alexeyeva has been proposed to head the Committee of 12, the new structure's intended governing body.