Kremlin advises municipal authorities to cooperate with NGOs

Sergei Ivanov file photo

MOSCOW. Oct 24 (Interfax) – Russian presidential chief-of-staff Sergei Ivanov has called on the municipal authorities to cooperate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) instead of shunning them.

“You should not be afraid of NGOs. Rather, you ought to work together with them,” Ivanov said at a meeting of city mayors and city managers on Thursday.

Practice shows that the municipal authorities are able to function far more effectively if they take advantage of the potential of public movements, citizens’ action groups, socially oriented NGOs and independent experts, he said.

“Certainly, we have different NGOs. But they include a very large number of NGOs that actually do a lot of good,” he added.