NEWSWATCH: “Restoring Old Churches Inspires a New Philanthropy in Russia” – New York Times
In a country where the state has traditionally maintained extensive control, private charity is still in relative infancy. Foundations and groups that receive funds from abroad usually must register as foreign actors.
Restoring churches is one area where Russians have seized the volunteer spirit, however. Both churches in Tarusa have been restored with a mixture of state, church and private resources.