Critical NGOs branded as “foreign agents”

On Saturday 21 July, the Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the controversial bill that brands NGOs that receive funding from abroad as “foreign agents”. Lately, Civil Rights Defenders has noticed the very worrying trend in Russia. Just before the summer holidays, the lower and the upper houses of the Russian State Duma (the parliament) adopted a number of bills, at a furious pace, restricting freedom of expression and obstructing the work of the civil society. Read more

On 18 July, Civil Rights Defenders and five other human rights organisations, sent a joint letter to the Upper House of the Parliament of the Russian Federation (the Federation Council) urging them to reject another State Duma bill, amending the federal law “on the protection of children from information detrimental to their health and development”. The letter was later sent to President Putin as well.

Categories: News.
Tags: Foreign agents, Freedom of expression, Law on NGOs, and Russian State Duma.
Regions: Russia.