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III Congress of the Union of Sociologists of Russia

the Report of the president of the SSR,
the academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences V.I.ZHUKOV.

III Congress of the Union of Sociologists of Russia

the Report of 1st vice-president of the SSR,
a member-korresp. The M. Russian Academy of Sciences M. K. Gorshkova.

Articles of USR

Articles  of the union of sociologists of Russia

(Adopted by the Constituent Congress June 27, 2007)

1. BASIC PROVISIONS

1.1. The Union of Sociologists of Russia (hereinafter referred to as the Union) is an all-Russia voluntary, self-governed, public, non-profitable organization based on membership, created on initiative of the citizens, united on the basis of common interests for the realization of common goals, defined by these Articles.

1.2. The full name of the Union in Russian is «Общероссийская общественная организация «Союз социологов России».

1.3. The abbreviated name of the Union in Russian is «ССР».

1.4. The full name of the Union in English is the Union of Sociologists of Russia, all-Russia public organization.

1.5. The Union performs its activity in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the legislation of the Russian Federation, universally recognized principles and norms of international law and these Articles.

1.6. The Union builds its activity on the basis of equality of its members, legality, publicity, voluntariness, self-government.

1.7. The Union has the round seal including its full name in Russian and its location, stamps and letterheads, and other means of visual identification.

1.8. The Union has its own emblem and the membership badge in accordance with the provisions adopted by the Congress of the Union.

1.9. The Union is an all-Russian public association and operates on the territory of more than half of the subjects of the Russian Federation.

1.10. The location of the permanently effective governing body of the Union (Central Council) is Moscow.

2. GOAL AND TASKS OF THE UNION

2.1. The goal of the Union is the development of sociological science, education and practice on the basis of consolidating Russian sociologists in the interests of scientifically and practically contributing to the social and economical progress of the civil society and the strengthening of the welfare state ensuring the harmonious development of the people actively participating in labour activity and public life.

2.2. Guided by this goal and in accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation, the Union ensures the realization of the following tasks:

- active participation in the development of the Russian sociological science, improvement of its theoretical level, methodological foundation of research and practical reliability of conclusions and recommendations;

- contribution to the further development of Russian sociological schools and integration of Russian scientists and professionals into the world sociological community;

- coordination of the efforts and activity of the Union members in conducting fundamental and applied research directed at acquiring new knowledge about the laws of nature, society, and human being and developing priority, practically oriented scientific fields;

- effective use of the results of sociological research in social practice;

- organization of independent public social expertise of international, interstate, federal, and regional programmes and of the most important, socially significant projects;

- preparation of proposals and realization of measures directed at developing the infrastructure and the social basis of sociological science and enhancing its role in social practice;

- development of sociology’s scientific potential and enhancement of its role in consolidating efforts for preventing the spread of antisocial occurrences in different fields of societal life;

- popularization and promotion of sociology in society and contribution to the development of sociological scientific organizations and educational institutions;

- participation in improving the system of sociological education in Russia, in training highly qualified scientific specialists, and in building conditions for creative scientific work and the advance of young scientists;

- improvement of intraorganizational activity and strengthening of corporative discipline;

- creation of conditions for active professional activity of the members of the Union and defense of their legitimate rights and interests.

3. LEGAL STATUS OF THE UNION

3.1. The Union acquires the legal person status from the moment of its state registration.

3.2. The Union has isolated property, is responsible for its obligations with this property, is competent on its own behalf to acquire property and execute ownership and personal non-ownership rights, carry obligations, be claimant and defendant, conclude agreements for the realization of its goals.

3.3. The Union has its own balance, is competent to legally open accounts including currency one in banks and other credit institutions in the Russian Federation and abroad.

3.4. For the realization of its goals and tasks in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation the Union has the right to

- distribute freely and in different forms an information about its activity, bring it to the notice of legislative and executive powers, public organizations and citizens;

- establish mass media, perform editing and publishing activity including issue of periodicals, popular and special literature;

- represent and defend its rights, legitimate interests of its members (by their consent) in government bodies, local self-government organizations, and public associations;

- execute to full extent the authorities, provided by the current legislation and this Article;

- come out with initiatives on different issues of public life, put forward proposals to government bodies including solicitations about awarding its members with honorary titles and other awards of the Russian Federation and its subjects in accordance with the established procedure;

- organize lectures, conferences, meetings, symposia, seminars, courses;

- organize sociological clubs; participate in preparation and holding of sociologists’ professional holydays;

- organize centres of business cooperation, clubs; cultural, leisure, sport, health-improving events; services, exhibitions, competitions, fairs;

- acquire rights to objects of intellectual property; - execute charity.

3.5. The Union is obliged to

- abide by the laws of the Russian Federation, generally recognized principles and norms of international law related to its activity, as well as the norms provided by these Articles;

- annually publish a report on using its property or ensure accessibility of this report;

- annually inform the body taking the decision of the state registration of public associations about the continuation of its activity while indicating the valid location of its permanently effective governing body and the data concerning the leaders of the public association to the extent of information included in the Unified State Register of Legal Persons;

- present on request of the body taking the decision of the state registration of public associations the decisions of the governing bodies and officials of the public association, as well as annual and quarterly accounts of its activity to the extent of information presented to tax authorities;

- admit the representatives of the body taking the decision of the state registration of public association to events held by the public association;

- render assistance to the representatives of the body taking the decision of the state registration of public associations in acquaintance with the activities of the public association in relation to the realization of authorized goals and abidance by the laws of the Russian Federation;

- inform the body taking the decision of the state registration of public associations about the extent of funds and other property received by the public association from international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, the goals of its expenditure or use and about its actual expenditure or use in form and terms, established by the Government of the Russian Federation.

3.6. The Union executes entrepreneurial activity including foreign economic activity needed for the realization of the goals the Union was created for and corresponding to these goals in accordance with the procedure defined by the laws of the Russian Federation.

3.7. Entrepreneurial activity is executed by the Union inasmuch as it serves to the realization of authorized goals.

3.8. The Union is competent to create economic companies having the legal person status.

4. MEMBERS OF THE UNION, THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

4.1. Membership in the Union is provided for the citizens of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, which reached the age of 18 and have been working no less than three years in sociological field. Public associations as legal persons can become members of the Union on decision of the Congress of the Union.

4.2. Membership in the Union and withdrawal from it is voluntary.

4.3. The Union as represented by the Central Council Board ensures the registration and safekeeping of papers on personalities of its executive personnel.

4.4. Admission to the membership of the Union is executed on the basis of a written application addressed to the President of the Union and approved by the decision of the Central Council Board taken by simple majority of votes.

4.5. Honorary membership in the Union is possible for Russian and foreign outstanding scientists, political figures, leaders of public associations, which have made a significant contribution to the development of sociological science and education in Russia and recognize these Articles. The number of honorary members in the Union is not limited.

4.6. A member of the Union is presented with a certificate upon the standard established by the decision of the Central Council of the Union.

4.7. Withdrawal from the Union is free, executed on the basis of a written application addressed to President of the Union and formalized by the decision of the Central Council Board of the Union.

4.8. A member of the Union can be excluded from the Union on decision taken by the Central Council Board of the Union for

(1) non-compliance with these Articles;

(2) non-fulfillment of decisions by governing bodies taken within the authorities established by these Articles;

(3) actions discrediting the Union;

4.9. A decision about exclusion can be appealed against to the Central Council Board of the Union.

4.10. The members of the Union have equal rights and obligations.

4.11. A member of the Union has the right to

(1) participate in the activities of the Union;

(2) participate in the General Meeting of a Section he (she) belongs to;

(3) put forward proposals about improving the activity of the Union to all its bodies;

(4) apply to all elected bodies of the Union and receive substantial answers;

(5) participate in the sessions of the Central Council Board of the Union on the matter of his (her) exclusion from the Union;

(6) enjoy in accordance with the established procedure material resources and services of the Union, as well as benefits established for the members of the Union;

(7) withdraw from the Union;

(8) elect and be elected in governing, executive, and auditing bodies of the Union.

4.12. A member of the Union is obliged to

(1) comply with the requirements of these Articles, decisions by the governing bodies of the Union taken within the authorities established by these Articles;

(2) directly participate in efforts for the realization of the goals and tasks of the Union;

(3) avoid actions discrediting the Union;

(4) pay entrance and membership fees according to the procedure and in volume established by the decisions of the Central Council Board of the Union.

5. ORDER OF GOVERNACE AND STRUCTURE OF THE UNION

5.1. The supreme governing body of the Union is the Union Congress convened at least once in four years.

5.1.1. An Extraordinary Congress is convened by the Central Council of the Union in case of need to take some decisions related to the exclusive authority of the Congress

- on decision by the Central Council of the Union;

- on initiative by the President of the Union;

- at request of the Auditing Committee;

- at request of no less than one-third of Union regional Sections.

An Extraordinary Congress has to be convened no later than two months from the moment the decision about its convocation has been taken by the corresponding body (from the date the request about the convocation of an Extraordinary Congress has been received by the Central Council).

5.1.2. In the exclusive authority of the Congress are:

(1) adoption of the Articles of the Union and amendments to it;

(2) decision about the reorganization and liquidation of the Union;

(3) elections of the President of the Union, members of the Central Council, and the Central Council Board of the Union and early termination of their authorities;

(4) elections of the Chairperson and members of the Auditing Committee of the Union and early termination of their authorities;

(5) definition and adoption of priority directions of the activity of the Union, principles of forming and using its property;

(6) definition of long-term programmes of the Union;

(7) definition of the composition, purposes, sources, formation, and order of use of Union special funds;

(8) adoption of the emblem, badge, and other symbols of the Union;

(9) adoption of the Central Council and Auditing Committee reports;

(10) decision about the reorganization and liquidation of the Union;

(11) assignment of the Liquidation Committee and adoption of liquidation balances in case of the liquidation of the Union.

5.1.3. Decisions of the Union related to p.

5.1.2. of these Articles are taken by open vote with two-thirds’ majority of the delegates present.

5.1.4. The Congress takes decisions on other issues of Union activity including those related to the authorities of elected bodies of the Union by open vote with simple majority of the delegates present.

5.1.5. The Congress is competent if more than half of the delegates elected from regional Sections of the Union is present. Representation quotas are defined by the Central Council of the Union.

5.2. In time period between Congresses the Central Council of the Union is a permanently effective governing body of the Union elected from the members of the Union for a term of four years in number defined by the Congress. The President of the Union is a member of the Central Council. The Central Council of the Union executes the rights of a legal person on behalf of the Union and performs its duties in accordance with these Articles.

5.2.1. The sessions of the Central Council are held in case of need but at least once a year.

5.2.2. The Central Council of the Union is competent to take decisions if more than one-third of its members are present. The decisions of the Central Council are taken by simple majority of votes of its members present.

5.2.3. The Central Council of the Union

(1) executes the rights of a legal person and performs its duties on behalf of the Union in accordance with the these Articles;

(2) solves issues about the entry of the Union into other public associations, creation of sections, branches, and representative offices, as well as establishment of economic companies; adopts regulations about sections, branches, and representative offices;

(3) considers and adopts programmes and working schedules of the Union;

(4) organizes and controls the fulfillment of Congress decisions;

(5) takes decisions about the convocation of regular and extraordinary Congresses; defines representation quotas in Congresses;

(6) adopts the Union budget and balance;

(7) on President’s proposal elects from its members the First Vice-President and Vice-Presidents;

(8) disposes of Union funds and property;

(9) render an account of its activity to the Congress;

(10) takes decisions on other issues of Union activity with the exception of those related to the exclusive authority of the Congress and Auditing Committee.

5.3. The President of the Union is elected by the Congress from the members of the Union for a term of four years.

 

5.3.1. The President of the Union

(1) executes operative governance of Union activity;

(2) presides at Central Council and Central Council Board sessions;

(3) come out with the initiative of convening an Extraordinary Congress;

(4) manages the financial and economic activity of the Union;

(5) heads Union executive personnel;

(6) adopts the structure, staff list, and wage fund of Union executive personnel;

(7) represents on behalf of the Union and without warrant its interests in governmental and non-governmental bodies and organizations;

(8) signs on behalf of the Union financial and other papers, gives out warrants, opens the accounts of the Union in banks;

(9) issues orders, directions, and instructions related to the activity of Union executive personnel;

(10) concludes contracts with Union executive personnel, applies to them incentives and penalties in accordance with the labour laws of the Russian Federation;

(11) takes decisions about rewarding Union executive personnel within the limits of wage fund adopted by the Central Council of the Union;

(12) performs other functions directed at the realization of the goals defined by these Articles;

(13) render an account of his (her) activity to the Congress.

5.4. The First Vice-President and Vice-Presidents of the Union are elected on proposal of the President by the Central Council from its members in number defined by the Central Council for a term of four years.

5.4.1. The First Vice-President and Vice-Presidents of the Union

- execute governance of Union activities specified by the President;

- execute special orders by the President.

5.4.2. In President’s absence his (her) duties are performed to full extent by the First Vice-President on order of the President.

5.5.   The Central Council Board is an executive body of the Union and executes the current governance of its activity. The Central Council Board includes President, the First Vice-President, and Vice-Presidents of the Union.

5.5.1. The Central Council Board performs the following functions:

(1) takes decisions about admission in and exclusion from the Union;

(2) defines the volume and procedure of paying membership and entrance fees;

(3) ensures the fulfillment of the decisions taken by the Congress, Central Council, and Auditing Committee of the Union;

(4) develops and presents to the Central Council programmes and working schedules of the Union;

(5) makes up an estimate of expenditures for organizational, creative, and other events of the Union;

(6) registers papers on Union executive personnel;

(7) takes decisions about rewarding Union members.

5.5.2. The Central Council Board is competent to take decisions if no less than two-third of elected members is present at its session. Decisions are taken by simple majority of votes of Board members present.

5.6. The Auditing Committee is an audit body of the Union.

5.6.1. The Auditing Committee is elected from the members of the Union at a term of four years in number defined by the Union Congress.

5.6.2. The Chairperson of the Auditing Committee is elected from the members of the Union at a term of four years.

5.6.3. The Auditing Committee is competent to take decisions if more than half of its members are present at its session. Decisions are taken by simple majority of votes of Auditing Committee members present.

5.6.4. The Auditing Committee controls authorized financial and economic activity of the Union, the condition and accounting of material assets.

5.6.5. The Auditing Committee is competent to request the convocation of an Extraordinary Congress.

5.6.6. The Auditing Committee in case of need invites specialists to its activity.

5.6.7. The Auditing Committee renders an account of its activity to the Congress.

5.6.6. The audit of Union activity is performed at least once in two years.

5.6.7. A member of Auditing Committee cannot enter into other bodies of the Union. 

5.7. The Union can have sections, branches, and representative offices that are its structural units created according to the principles of territorial and functional suitability, openness, publicity, corporate unity and discipline, democratic centralism.

5.8. Regional sections of the Union are created in the subjects of the Russian Federation (republics, territories, regions, cities of federal importance, autonomous regions, autonomous areas). The same subject of the Russian Federation can have only one regional section of the Union. Regional section are competent to acquire the rights of a legal person and execute their activity on the basis of these Articles.

5.9. The supreme governing body of a regional section of the Union is its General Meeting convened at least once a year.

5.9.1. The General Meeting of a section

(1) defines basic directions of section activity;

(2) elects the Section Chairperson and members of the Section Council at a term of two years;

(3) elects the Chairperson and members of the Section Auditing Committee or the Section Comptroller;

(4) hears the accounts of the elected bodies of a section;

(5) elects delegates for the Union Congress;

(6) takes decisions on other issues of section activity.

5.9.2. The General Meeting of a section is competent to take decisions if more than half of the members of the Union registered in this section are present. The form of vote is defined by the General Meeting of a section. Decisions are taken by simple majority of votes of the members present. Decisions on the issues indicated in spar.1, 2, and 3 of par. 5.9.1 of these Articles are taken by two-thirds’ majority of votes of the members present.

5.9.3. The Extraordinary General Meeting can be convened on decision by the Section Council or on request of at least one-third of the members of the Union registered in this section.

5.10. In time period between General Meetings the activity of a section is governed by the Section Council – a permanently effective body of a section elected by the General Meeting at a term of two years.

5.10.1. The sessions of the Section Council are held as necessary but at least once a quarter. The decisions of the Council are taken by simple majority of votes of the members present with open vote under the condition if more than half of the members are present.

5.10.2. The Section Council

(1) convenes the General Meeting of a section and defines its agenda;

(2) organizes and controls the fulfillment of decisions taken by the General Meeting of a section;

(3) executes other authorities of governing the activity of a section non-related to the authority of the General Meeting of a section.

5.11. The Section Chairperson is elected by the General Meeting of a section at a term of two years.

5.11.1. The Section Chairperson

(1) represents on behalf of a section its interests in governmental bodies and public associations;

(2) convenes the sessions of the Section Council and presides at them;

(3) governs the work of the Section Council;

(4) defines the list of issues submitted to the discussion of the Section Council;

(5) executes other authorities of governing the current activity of a section non-related to the authority of the General Meeting and the Section Council.

5.12. Depending on the number of the members of a section the Section Auditing Committee or the Section Comptroller is elected at a term of two years.

5.12.1. The Section Auditing Committee (the Comptroller) is an audit body of a section.

5.13. Branches and representative offices are separate subpisions of the Union and are not legal persons. They are allotted with property of the Union and perform they activity on the basis of provisions about branches and representative offices adopted by the Central Council of the Union. 

 

6. PROPERTY OF THE UNION 

6.1. In accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation the Union can have in its ownership lots, buildings, structures, installations, housing resources, means of transport, equipment, implements, property for cultural, educational, sport, and health-improving purposes; funds, shares, other negotiable papers and other property needed for material support of the activity provided by these Articles.

6.2. The ownership rights to created and (or) acquired property belong to the Union as a whole. Each inpidual member of the Union has not the ownership rights to a share of property belonging to the Union as a whole.

6.3. Revenues from entrepreneurial activity of the Union are not reallocated among its members and directed at the realization of authorized goals and tasks.

6.4. The sources of the property and funds of the Union are:

- entrance and membership fees;

- voluntary contributions and donations;

- revenues from entrepreneurial activity;

- revenues from foreign economic activity;

- proceeds from lecturing, seminars, conferences, competitions, tournaments, exhibitions, lotteries, auctions and other events held in accordance with these Articles;

- incomes from transactions;

- other legal proceeds.

 7. PROCEDURE OF REORGANIZATION AND LIQUIDATION OF THE UNION 

7.1. The Union can be reorganized in the form of merger, affiliation, pision, separation, transformation on decision of the Congress taken by at least two-third of the votes of all the delegates present.

7.2. Under the reorganization all the ownership and non-ownership rights pass to a newly emerged legal person (legal successor) in accordance with the procedure provided by the laws of the Russian Federation.

7.3. The Union can be liquidated on decision of the Congress taken by at least two-third of the votes of all the delegates present.

7.4. The Union can be liquidated under court decision on the grounds and in accordance with the procedure provided by the laws of the Russian Federation.

7.5. After the liquidation of the Union its property and funds remained after the payments to governmental budgets and settlement with creditors are directed on decision of the Congress at the goals provided by these Articles.

7.6. Under the liquidation of the Union papers on personnel are passed for the state archive custody in accordance with the legally established procedure.

7.7. The decision about the liquidation of the Union is addressed to the body that has registered it for the exclusion of the Union from the Unified State Register of Legal Persons. 

8. CONCLUDING PROVISIONS 

8.1. Amendments to these Articles are adopted by the Congress with open vote by two-thirds’ majority of the delegates present.

8.2. Amendments to these Articles are valid from the moment of their state registration.

 

 

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