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Law toughening control over foreign funded NGOs comes into force

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Earlier in October Vladimir Putin signed the controversial law   Photo: ITAR-TASS


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The law toughening control over foreign funded NGOs in Russia has come into force, the Kremlin-run newspaper "Rossiyskaya gazeta" writes on Wednesday.
According to the law, if a foreign funded non-profit organization does not report any finance from abroad or does not give complete disclosure of such information, the NGO may be fined up to 300 thousand rubles (some $10,000). Moreover, any foreign-funded NGO is automatically "a foreign agent."

If an NGO is labelled "a foreign agent" it must include itself in a special list of "foreign agent organizations." If it fails to do so, it may also be fined up to 500 thousand rubles.

The new law was introduced by a United Russia deputy Alexander Sidyakin in early summer of this year.

As Sidyakin then explained to Gazeta.ru, he wanted to create a special list in the Justice Ministry that would consist of those NGOs that are financed from abroad. "The list will be available in the Internet," Sidyakin said. "Anyone will be able to click on any legal body and find information on who it is financed by, what it does, and so on."

The law was adopted by the Russian parliament in October 26, it was later signed by President Vladimir Putin.

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