The idea for this project comes from the need for better integration in Estonian society. The outcome of this project is Praxis’ webpage in Russian – the most important, recent and interesting projects with policy recommendations from every analysis area are translated into Russian. In addition, Praxis is collaborating with Russian media channels in order to determine the most interesting subjects and to spread independent expert knowledge about the current situation, development trends and possible solutions to different problems in Estonia’s society.
Taking into consideration the Russian speaking population in Estonia, Praxis is focused on three problems that are disconnecting Estonia’s society:
1. Participation in non-profit sector and in public life is increasing commitment and sense of belonging in the society. According to the Integration Monitoring 2008, citizen activity in Estonia is growing. Nevertheless, Russian speaking population tend to be more active only in culture communities, housing associations and sport associations. Russian speaking organisations usually do not participate in policy-making. Moreover, Russian and Estonian organisations are generally separated.
2. Both Estonians and other nationalities believe that the biggest inequalities lie in the political opportunities of different nationalities. According to the Integration Monitoring 2008, the part of Russian speaking population who see themselves as a part of Estonia and who consider themselves as Estonians, has decreased. Moreover, trust in the Government and its institutions has declined among Russian speaking population. Nevertheless, Russians in Estonia want to be involved in social community and in policy-making.
3. Third problem addresses the differences between Estonian and Russian public sphere and media. There is a need for information and knowledge in Russian from the original source.