Dekabristen e.V. is a German non-governmental organization for human rights in Russia and Eastern Europe. The NGO was founded in Berlin in 2012 after election observation at Russian embassy, a series of street actions against election fraud and political repression in Russia. The founders conducted screenings of documentary films, discussions with politicians and human rights activists and supported young artists with Eastern European background in Germany. In 2015, several projects were launched to support civil society and promote dialogue between Germany, Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe. Nowadays in close cooperation with partners in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, the 'Decembrists' organize capacity building programs for social entrepreneurs, volunteer exchanges, exhibitions the cross-disciplinary festival 'Red Square'.
The name of the organization comes from the Russian word "December" and refers to two meanings. On the one hand, the Decembrists entered the history of Russia as the first intellectuals who opposed absolutism, censorship, serfdom, and advocated for a constitution that would guarantee rights and freedoms to all people of the Russian Empire. This name stuck with them after the unsuccessful uprising of December 14, 1825. On the other hand, "Dekabristy" points to the historical significance of the mass demonstrations of December 2011, which became a turning point in the development of the civil society of contemporary Russia. In Berlin, representatives of the Russian-speaking community and German human rights activists, who organized protest actions "For Free Elections in Russia", after one report on Russian television called their group in social networks 'iдекабристы' ('idecembrists'). In 2016 this also led to their organization being renamed to Dekabristen e.V.