Russia's new law on foreign agents raises significant concerns for civil society

Raoof, Awaz (2012) Russia's new law on foreign agents raises significant concerns for civil society. EHRAC bulletin (18). pp. 1-2.

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Abstract

Russia has recently adopted a series of measures which could potentially restrict civil society activities, and have disastrous repercussions for civil liberties and human rights within the State. In July 2012, President Vladimir Putin signed into law a controversial bill, under which non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in receipt of foreign funding and conducting political activities must register as 'foreign agents', and comply with an onerous disclosure and reporting regime (the 'Law'). Failure to comply with the new regime can result in the suspension of the NGO and/or criminal convictions for the individuals responsible. In October 2012, Russia’s parliament also approved amendments which would broaden the definition of 'treason' to include all forms of assistance to foreign states or international organisations directed at harming Russia's security. This article discusses these measures, the new laws and the amendments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: EHRAC bulletin; civil liberties restrictions; human rights violations; non-governmental organisations; NGOs; Russian Federation; Russia
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 340 Law
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 01 May 2015 09:51
Last Modified: 01 May 2015 09:51
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/591

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