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You’d Never Guess 2017 is the “Year Of Ecology” in Russia: 21 Environmental Groups in Russia Have Now Been Branded “Foreign Agents”

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From Human Rights Watch:
APRIL 24, 2017 12:59PM EDT ‪Dispatches‬
You’d Never Guess 2017 is the ‘Year Of Ecology’ in Russia
21 Environmental Groups in Russia Have Now Been Branded ‘Foreign Agents’
By Anastasia Ovsyannikova, Natalia Estemirova fellow

Last Friday morning, Yuri Ivanov, a member and former director of Kola Environmental Center (KEC), arrived at his office and learned from the news that the Justice Ministry had listed KEC as a “foreign agent.” “It is not a big surprise for us,” sighed Ivanov when I called him. Indeed, anything is possible when it comes to the “foreign agent” hunt in Russia.

In 2012, the Russian government introduced a “foreign agents” law that uses the label to demonize independent groups who accept foreign funding and conduct very broadly defined “political activity.”

When the law came into force, ministry inspectors warned KEC that it was “on the verge” of violating the…

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April 30, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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