The Russian State Duma has passed a bill that requires all non-governmental organizations engaged in politics that receive funding from abroad to register with the Justice Ministry as “foreign agents.” The bill passed the State Duma easily; 374 deputies supported the bill, three opposed and one abstained. According to the bill, a non-governmental organization is categorized as foreign agent if it receives financial funding from other countries or their public agencies, international and foreign organizations, non-citizens or their representatives. All NGOs will have to submit financial records and semi-annual reports on their activities to Russia’s authorities. In addition, the bill permits NGOs to be inspected based on individual complaints or publications about extremism in their activities.
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NPOs law could be further corrected - diplomat

No more than 1,000 checks have been conducted with respect to nonprofit organizations (NPOs) operating in Russia, which were fined a meager amount, whereas the total number of NPOs in our country is 200,000, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Human Rights Commissioner Konstantin Dolgov said

Why Russia and Europe should cooperate for human rights

Yulia Ponomareva

The chairman of the Presidential Council for Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov, believes that Russia and Europe need to develop cooperation on the protection of human rights, despite sharp criticisms leveled at Moscow by its Western partners

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