Greenpeace: Do you need to be a foreign agent to act in accordance with the Constitution?

posted 3 May 2013, 05:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 May 2013, 10:17 ]
1 May 2013 

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Statement by Greenpeace Russia on the classification of environmental organisations as "foreign agents." 

Since the start of 2013, following an instruction by the President, agencies of the Public Prosecutor's Office have been conducting widespread inspections of non-profit organisations. The inspections have impacted, among others, a large number of non-governmental environmental organisations.  According to the results of the inspections, at the majority of environmental organisations no serious violations have been uncovered (at least this is what the inspectors themselves have said). However, the first wave of inspections was followed by a second, as a result of which many organisations received notifications or warnings from the prosecutors that they were "foreign agents" and should register as such on the appropriate register. Otherwise their leaders could be held accountable, up to and including criminal prosecution. [Read more]