Elizabeth Plantan is a Ph.D. Candidate in Government at Cornell University. Her doctoral research examines state-society relations under authoritarianism, with a focus on environmental civil society in Russia and China. Currently, she is working on a project analyzing the development and implementation of the Russian law on “foreign agents” and the Chinese Foreign NGO Law, with a focus on the two laws’ differential effect on environmental groups. Her analysis has appeared both in academic and popular press, including The New York Times and Transitions Online. Plantan holds an M.A. from the Russian & East European Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington and a B.A. in Government and Russian & East European Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Last Updated: August 10, 2017

Comparing Recent NGO Laws in Russia and China

Elizabeth Plantan
Over the last several years, Russia and China have developed strikingly parallel laws on the management of foreign NGOs and foreign support of domestic civil society. While regular visitors to this site are familiar with the 2017 Foreign NGO Law in...