8 July 2013
Source: HRO.org (info)
However, public opinion research will continue to be recognized as political activity, the source told Gazeta.ru.
“The exact wording has not yet been confirmed, but charitable work, for example, will not be considered political activity, as opposed to things like election monitoring or public opinion researh”, said the source.
The law on foreign agents was passed by the State Duma in summer 2012. According to the law, NGOs that receive funding from abroad and are also engaged in “political activity” must register with the Ministry of Justice as “foreign agents” and indicate that status in all their published material.
In spring 2013 the Public Prosecutor’s Office began a wave of inspections of NGOs, as a result of which a whole raft of NGOs were required to register as foreign agents. Organisations such as the public opinion research association Levada Centre, election watchdog Golos, various environmental organisations and even charities have found themselves in a similar situation.
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