Accusing NGOs of engaging in political activity is a denial of citizens' constitutional rights

posted 19 Apr 2013, 00:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Apr 2013, 00:54 ]
17 April 2013 

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Statement by the Human Rights Council 

Evidently at the behest of the Kremlin, the Ministry of Justice has accused the Golos Association for Voters’ Rights and other organizations of failing to register as organizations ‘carrying out the functions of a foreign agent.’ Much has already been said about the fact that this law is unconstitutional, and its purpose is to effectively destroy independent NGOs. The attack on Golos, and also the attack on the Kostroma Centre of Support for Public Initiatives and the Kostroma Soldiers’ Mothers’ Committee, are an inseparable part of the current wave of harassment of hundreds of NGOs that are being subjected to humiliating and baseless inspections. [Read more]