Ministry of Justice adds five NGOs to the register of 'foreign agents'

posted 15 Jun 2014, 08:07 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Jun 2014, 08:12 ]
9 June 2014

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Five days after President Putin signed into law the bill allowing the Ministry of Justice to classify non-profits as ‘foreign agents’ without either their consent or a court order, the Ministry has entered five non-profit organizations into the register of ‘foreign agents,’ Russkaya planeta reports, citing Interfax.

The list of ‘foreign agents’ published on the website of the Ministry of Justice is as follows: 
  • Golos Association for the Protection of Voters’ Rights (Moscow), 
  • The Regional Golos Organization for the Protection of Democratic Rights and Freedoms (Golos), 
  • Kostroma Centre for the Support of Civic Initiatives 
  • Centre for Social Policy and Gender Studies (Saratov), 
  • Union of Women of the Don (Novocherkassk, Rostov region) 
The new law empowers the Ministry of Justice to independently inspect non-profit organizations that have not declared themselves to be ‘foreign agents’ and to begin the process of registering them as ‘foreign agents’.