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Russia: Government Against Rights Groups (Includes Environmental Groups)

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From Human Rights Watch:
JUNE 10, 2016
Russia: Government against Rights Groups
Battle Chronicle

Since June 5, 2014, the Ministry of Justice has designated 131 groups as “foreign agents”. By June 10, 2016, at least 18 groups have shut down. Also, the Ministry has removed its “foreign agent” tag from 11 groups, acknowledging that they had stopped accepting foreign funding. Accordingly, on June 10, 2016, the official list of active “foreign agents” comprised 102 groups. 
(Moscow) – In 2012 Russia’s parliament adopted a law that required nongovernmental organizations (NGO)s to register as “foreign agents” with the Ministry of Justice if they engage in “political activity” and receive foreign funding. The definition of “political activity” under the law is so broad and vague that it can extend to all aspects of advocacy and human rights work.

Initially, the law required all respective NGOs to request the Ministry to have them registered and implied legal consequences for…

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June 16, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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