The persecution of NPOs in Russia in parallel with the introduction of the concept of a “foreign agent”, continued with the adoption of amendments by the State Duma of Russia in May 2015 year, which introduced the concept of an “undesirable organization”. According to the law, an NPO can be declared an undesirable organization, which is “representing a threat to the defense or security of the state, or to public order or public health, in order to protect the foundations of the constitutional order, morality, rights and legitimate interests of others.” The decision to include in the List of undesirable organizations is taken by the General Prosecutor's Office without the sanction of the court.
We consider this legislative amendment and subsequent actions to be incompatible with the rule of law, transparency and predictability of legislation and law enforcement.
Category: Undesirable organizations
Views 98 On 23 January, Anastasia Shevchenko, an activist of the Open Russia movement, became the first person arrested and criminally charged for “participating in the activities of a foreign undesirable organization.” However, Open Russia is not a foreign organization — it is a pro-democracy movement operated by Russian citizens, on Russian territory — andRead More
Views 96 The Russian authorities have for the first time used the repressive “undesirable organizations” law to open a criminal case against human rights defender Anastasia Shevchenko, exposing her to the risk of a six-year prison term, Amnesty International said.Read More
Views 108 The General Prosecutors office recognized the American Pacific Environment organization (PERC, Pacific Center for the Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources) as “undesirable”, according to the website of the agency. “It is established that the work of the organization is a threat to the fundamentals of the constitutional system of the RussianRead More
Views 119 The leader of a prominent Russian environmental group has been brutally beaten by unknown attackers, his deputy said Friday. The Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus for years has exposed illegal landfills, the destruction of landscapes and the contamination of waterways in Russia’s south. Some investigations have exposed land grabs by local officialsRead More
Views 117 The federal law “On introducing amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation” (the law on “undesirable NGOs”) passed its third reading on 19 May and was signed into law by the Russian president on 23 May 2015. A short legal analysis of the law “On Introducing Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of theRead More