The first Russian human rights non-governmental organization (NGO) opened in Kosovo on January 19.

The first part of humanitarian aid, gathered in Russia for Serbs residing in Kosovo and gifts for children, was distributed in the Duboki Potok Monastery in the morning and the second part was to be distributed in Gracanica in the evening, the press office of the St. Petersburg parliament deputy Vitaly Milonov told Interfax.

"Vitaly Milonov announced the opening of the human rights center in Kosovo's Mitrovica to four dozen representatives of the Serbian community. People were raising clear issues of security and future of their children, education included, and expressed hope for help from Russia," the press office said.

The project is implemented with private funds, Milonov has said. "We do not get a kopeck of state funds either directly or indirectly. We do not receive a single grant. This is not Moscow's project but a project of Russian people. Orthodox businessmen exist, who help us as much as their can," the deputy has said at a news conference in St. Petersburg.

If the project develops, human rights center could open in Bosnia Herzegovina and northern Cyprus, Milonov said.

Human rights center head Andrei Ponomaryov said that the establishment of the NGO had human rights goals, not political ones.

"The main purpose of the project is implementing commonly recognized international law standards in Kosovo. This is not a political campaign but a human rights project," Ponomaryov said.

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