Source: HRO.org (info), 03/07/12
· Freedom of association · Human rights defenders · Persecution of activists
"It is easier for the authorities to declare all non-profit organisations that are politically opposed to them foreign agents, enemies of the people and saboteurs, than to set up or at least not to obstruct the work of these instruments of civil checks and balances that are a vital element of any democratic state."
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The scandalous draft law proposed by United Russia under which Russian non-profit organisations with foreign funding that engage in political activities will be given the status of "a foreign agent", is a pure propaganda and public relations exercise. It is an attempt to justify one of the authorities' key assertions that anyone who criticises them is an agent influencing and sabotaging the development of the country. [Read more]
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