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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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Court fines Dynasty Foundation $5,500

A magistrate's court has fined the Dynasty Foundation led by prominent businessman and philanthropist Dmitry Zimin 300,000 rubles for violating legislation regulating operations of a non-governmental organization acting as a foreign agent, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courthouse

Dynasty Foundation head Zimin leaves Russia

Dmitry Zimin, the head of the Dynasty Foundation listed amongst 'foreign agent' NGOs, has left Russia for an indefinite period, Academic Supervisor of the Higher School of Economics Yevgeny Yasin has told Interfax

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