Ukrainian NGOs to be Deprived of Legal Rights in Russia

Translated by Ollie Richardson



The State Duma will deprive undesirable foreign public organizations of the right to create legal entities. This was stated at a session of parliament today, during the review of bills introduced in the social sphere.

“I will note the governmental bill making changes to the law on corrective actions of persons involved in violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens, which imposes a ban on the creation of Russian legal entities by foreign and international non-governmental organizations or participation in them,” said Zhukov.

Seven are still included on the list of undesirable foreign NGOs, including the “National Endowment for Democracy”, Open Society fund of George Soros, and the “National Democratic Institute of International Affairs”.

The Federation Council of Russia at the same time keeps its own list of organizations that “claim” the status of undesirable. It is known that among them are “The Ukrainian World Congress”, “The Ukrainian Coordination Council”, and “The Crimean Field Mission for Human Rights”.

Undesirable NGOs must stop their activities on the territory of Russia, including the distribution of information about themselves through the media and the Internet. For example, it is entrusted to banks to refuse them from carrying out transactions. Being responsible for cooperating with such organizations can lead to imprisonment.

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