Attack on civil society continues: new law on unscheduled NGO inspections

posted 27 Feb 2014, 09:54 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Feb 2014, 09:59 ]
24 February 2014

Source: (info)
President Vladimir Putin has signed into force a law proposed by the government that establishes further grounds for NGO inspections carried out by the Ministry of Justice. This was reported on the Kremlin’s website on 22nd February.

One example of these new grounds to carry out an inspection is when a remedial period, specified in a caution previously issued by an authorised body to an NGO, has elapsed.

Another justification is if an authorised body receives information from any State body or municipal authority that an NGO is violating Russian law as part of its activity, or that there is evidence of extremism in its work.

A third additional justification, as reported on news site, is the presence of an order issued by the head of an authorised body, in accordance with a presidential or governmental instruction, or of a request by the public prosecutor’s office, to carry out an unscheduled inspection for the sake of monitoring that laws are upheld, on the basis of materials or reports received by the public prosecutor’s office.

До 2008 года НКО жестко контролировались со стороны Росрегистрации. Одним из первых указов Медеведева на посту была передача полномочий по контролю за НКО от Росрегистрации Минюсту, который сократил срок регистрации НКО и основания для проведения проверок НКО.

Some experts believe that the amendments adopted by the State Duma are turning the NGO law back into the way it was before Dmitry Medvedev came into office and liberalised official oversight of the non-profit sector.

Up until 2008, NGOs were strictly controlled by the Federal Registration Service. One of Medvedev’s first decrees upon assuming office was to transfer the power to monitor NGOs from the Federal Registration Service to the Ministry of Justice, which reduced both the registration period for NGOs and the grounds for their inspection.

Translated by Catriona Gillham