General Prosecutor's Office unable to inspect five organizations regarding 'undesirable' status

posted 17 Jun 2015, 05:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Jun 2015, 05:39 ]
15 June 2015

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The General Prosecutor’s Office has told LDPR State Duma Deputy Vitaly Zolochevsky that it has not been able to inspect the five organizations the deputy suspects of being ‘undesirable organizations’. The General Prosecutor’s Office has said that inspections of Carnegie Centre, Transparency International, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Memorial Society for evidence of being ‘undesirable organizations’ have not been possible because these foreign non-profit organizations are outside Russian jurisdiction.

Radio Svoboda reports, citing the newspaper Vedomosti, that the General Prosecutor’s Office points out that the request for the inspection by Vitaly Zolochevsky did not indicate specific evidence of threats from the named organizations to the constitutional order of Russia, the country’s defense capabilities or to its security. Deputy General Prosecutor Viktor Grin said that his department had forwarded the State Duma deputy’s inquiry to law enforcement agencies for further consideration.

The law on ‘undesirable organizations’ was signed by President Vladimir Putin on 23 May 2015. According to the law, a foreign or international non-governmental organization can be recognized as undesirable if its activities threaten the constitutional order of Russia, its defense capabilities or its security. The law provides for fines and imprisonment of up to six years for collaboration with ‘undesirable organizations.’