Topic: NGO ‘Foreign Agents’ Law
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MOSCOW, June 28 (RIA Novosti) – The state roster of “foreign agents” among Russian nongovernmental organizations finally added its first entry on Thursday, a year after it was established, the Justice Ministry said Friday.
The first organization to voluntarily sign up as a “foreign agent” was the Supporting Competition in CIS Countries noncommercial partnership, which had not made any national headlines since its inception in 2009.
The organization would not comment on its decision to register as a “foreign agent,” a spokeswoman said by telephone Friday.
Since July 2012, Russian NGOs that receive foreign funding and are involved in vaguely defined “political activity” are obliged by law to register as “foreign agents.” Critics of the law argue that the term carries connotations of Cold War propaganda, and that the status requires organizations to deal with extra paperwork and regular checks that many NGOs said would completely cripple their operations.
The law was slammed by Amnesty International and many prominent Russian NGOs, including the Moscow Helsinki Group and elections monitor Golos, which earlier accused the Kremlin of rigging the federal elections in 2011-2012.
No NGOs have voluntarily registered as “foreign agents” until this week. The government launched a nationwide crackdown on NGOs this spring, ordering dozens to register under the controversial law. Targets included Golos, whose operations were suspended this week following a lawsuit by the Justice Ministry.
President Vladimir Putin claimed in April that Russian NGOs received a combined $1 billion in foreign funding in 2013 alone, though Golos and several other NGOs called the figures grossly overstated. The Justice Ministry, which Putin said provided the figure, refused Friday to reveal the sources for its data.
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- Mikhail1228Foreign Agent18:23, 28/06/2013What is the big deal about the term foreign agent. Doesn't anyone have a clue that this new Russian law was modeled after the US Law the 1966 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)
First, some background supplied by the FEC: The goal of the 1966 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was to "minimize foreign intervention" in U.S. elections by establishing a series of limitations on foreign governments and nationals. In 1974, the prohibition was incorporated into the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), giving the FEC jurisdiction over its enforcement and interpretation.
According to the FEC, FECA "prohibits any foreign national or government from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals or governments violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment."
- BlizzardForeign Agent19:20, 28/06/2013Absolutely correct, the only problem is that as always USA have double standards, and when something suits their need is very welcome and if someone else tries same thing than in case od Russia all hell brake lose.
That is reality of the time and place we are in. Even over here in EU we are submitted to American whims when we do something that they do not like.
- WesternFascistWhy this “analogy” is false01:17, 29/06/2013I really don't care.... but I'd like to educate you on why this comparison is false. If you are willing to hear another point of view that is.
- LocoIvan^It's to bad you 'really don't care :(15:48, 29/06/2013‘The first organization to voluntarily sign up as a “foreign agent” was the Supporting Competition in CIS Countries noncommercial partnership, which had not made any national headlines since its inception in 2009.’
At least this group will have the distinction of being the first.
Interesting read. A kind word of advice. If you want to get the topic at hand or any other topic featured on RIA Novosti fired up by the resident mongrels, one needs to be more aggressive with the facts.
Providing a link is good; however, some of the ‘wannabe’ global commentators on here can barely comprehend the subject matter featured in what’s presented or get the back story BIG PICTURE by using the links supplied by the author.
Cut and paste a few quotes/lines, from the website address provided, to exemplify your points. Don’t be shy. With the moniker of ‘Western Fascist’ you will get a lot of attention. Be prepared to deal with the onslaught. That is if you choose to stay around long enough to argue and be consistent with your contributions.
I especially like these two:
‘The Russian authorities, still shy about drawing direct comparisons with Stalin’s regime, have proposed a more agreeable analogy: the United States, they say, has exactly the same law on foreign agents that has been in force for three-quarters of a century. This technique of misdirection is hardly new, and it fits well with Putin’s “look who’s talking” routine.’ ‘The Kremlin’s parallel between Putin’s NGO law and the U.S. Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) is false. Apart from the name, these two pieces of legislation have hardly anything in common.’
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