Transnational Democratic Network

by Nathan Hamm on 8/22/2005

MosNews reports that democratic youth organizations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Russia have joined forces to form the Transnational Democratic Network.

The united structure will comprise Russia’s Miy, Ukraine’s Pora, Kyrgyzstan’s Birge! and Kazakhastan’s Kakhar organizations, he said.

Dobrokhotov promised that starting from Aug. 19, marking the 14th anniversary of the 1991 coup attempt, they will coordinate their activities and stage joint actions.

According to him, the new organization will “hold political actions to exert pressure on the authorities when and where they commit crimes,” he added.

The partners intend to set up a broad network of various groups, including rights and environmental ones, which “will be based in different countries but in permanent contact with each other in virtual space,” he said.

It’s pretty cool to see these groups using the internet to coordinate action across borders like this.

The Russian member, “МЫ” (“We”), has a statement (in Russian, but here’s a machine translation) declaring the shared intent of the members to create civic institutions completely free of state interference and to peaceful democratic change.

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