Ministry of Justice issued 9,000 requests to close NGOs in 2012

9 April 2013 

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In 2012 the Ministry of Justice sent 9,000 requests to close NGOs to the courts. Moreover, the Ministry told RIA Novosti that its officials issued 45,000 warnings, stopped the operations of 21 organizations, and brought 5,610 charges under administrative law. These are the statistics of the record-setting work of officials in 2012 in their efforts to 'weed' and to 'purge’ civil society.

On the basis of inspections, in 2012 decisions were taken to exclude five affiliates and representative offices of foreign NGOs from the register of NGOs.

‘In 2012 jointly with other authorized government bodies (primarily with prosecutorial bodies) 27 inspections of NGOs were conducted (including one unscheduled inspection), and on the basis of the results of these inspections seven reports of violations of the criminal law were sent to law enforcement agencies,’ the Ministry’s report states.

These are the conditions in which civil society organizations are working in Russia today.