On July 13, 2012, the State Duma of Russia adopted amendments to the law “On non-profit organizations”, which introduced the concept of “foreign agent” for non-profit organizations. Since that time, as we believe, a massive illegal prosecution of NPOs in Russia has begun, with many organizations being subjected to detailed inspections, most of which were forcibly included in the Register of Foreign Agents. For many organizations, this has led to the suspension or even termination of their activities.
We monitor the inspections carried out by the Ministry of Justice, trials related to challenging enrollment in the register, decisions of organizations after obtaining the status of a foreign agent. Violations of the powers of the inspection bodies, broad interpretation of the legislation were recorded.
Category: Foreign agents
Views 145 On Wednesday, February 13, it was reported that Russia’s Justice Ministry labeled organisation “For Human Rights”, Forum member, a ‘foreign agent’. The Ministry website states that “the group’s compliance with the characteristics of a non-profit organisation performing the functions of a foreign agent was established during the unannounced documentary inspection of its activities.”Read More
Views 112 Russian lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a bill that would enable the government to brand some individual journalists and bloggers — not only media outlets — as foreign agents. The bill, passed in the first of three readings in the State Duma on January 12, allows the Justice Ministry to designate peopleRead More