Liudmila Alekseeva asks Putin to finally abolish 'foreign agent' law

posted 4 Oct 2015, 12:45 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Oct 2015, 08:01 ]
2 October 2015

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Head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, the well-known human rights defender Liudmila Alekseeva, has appealed to President Vladimir Putin to finally abolish the ‘foreign agent’ law on NGOs, which she describes as harmful.

"Repeal this harmful law. You don’t have to suspect us [human rights defenders] of things of which we are not guilty,” Liudmila Alekseeva said, addressing the session of the Human Rights Council attended by President Putin. Alekseeva underlined that NGOs only use money attracted from abroad to help people in Russia live better.

Rights defender Liudmila Alekseeva, who was recently awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, also asked President Putin to encourage wealthy Russians to donate money to Russian NGOs' projects. 

Head of the Presidential Human Rights Council, Mikhail Fedotov, also criticized the ‘foreign agent’ law in his speech at the Council session. He noted that there are already more than 90 organizations in the register of so-called ‘foreign agents’, and that the majority of them are human rights groups, women’s groups and environmental organizations.

Translated by Jo Anston