Memorial Statement: The Duma in Search of an Enemy

posted 17 Jul 2012, 01:34 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Jul 2012, 01:34 ]
Source: (info), 13/07/12 

· Freedom of association  · Human rights defenders 

Since May, the activities of the State Duma have acquired a hysterical tone. 

In rapid succession, the Duma has reviewed bills whose sole purpose is to preserve the government’s monopoly on power. After adopting a series of changes to the law on rallies that were politically precarious and legally unsound, the Duma, with firecracker speed, introduced changes to the law on NGOs. From the remarkable swiftness with which the Duma acted, one might have thought the enemy was already at the gates of the capital and only changes to NGO legislation would be able to save the Motherland. [Read more]