- 17:04 24/02/2014
- 12:32 14/02/2014
Only a single NGO has registered as a foreign agent under a hotly contested 2012 Russian law to regulate the activities of foreign-funded organizations, the Justice Ministry said on its website Friday.
- 07:27 05/02/2014
- 02:12 25/01/2014
- 14:39 05/12/2013
State grants worth 200 million rubles ($6 million) allotted by Russian President Vladimir Putin for human rights initiatives have been distributed among 124 projects, including some organizations critical of the Kremlin.
- 01:38 22/11/2013
Human rights activists urged Russia on Thursday to repeal the controversial “foreign agent” law that has been disrupting the work of non-governmental organizations in the country since it came into force exactly a year ago.
- 18:40 29/10/2013
A Russian rights organization that promoted public initiatives said Tuesday that it was suspending operations because it is unable to pay a $9,000 fine imposed for failing to register as a “foreign agent.”
- 23:59 18/09/2013
- 10:13 05/09/2013
- 11:32 03/09/2013
Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner has lodged an appeal against some provisions of a controversial law which brands NGOs funded from abroad and engaged in political activities as foreign agents, Kommersant daily reported Tuesday.
- 21:46 29/08/2013
A Russian non-governmental organization (NGO) that accused the Kremlin of widespread vote-rigging and was later labeled a “foreign agent” has been denied state funding for its ongoing vote-monitoring projects.
- 20:37 26/08/2013
The Kremlin will give grants to the Memorial human rights organization and several other opposition-minded NGOs that prosecutors earlier this year accused of being “foreign agents,” the Russian business newspaper Vedomosti reported Monday.
- 15:01 23/08/2013
A group of Russian human rights activists has filed a complaint with the country’s Constitutional Court over a controversial law that obliges some non-governmental organizations to register as “foreign agents.”
- 06:48 10/08/2013
A Moscow court has rejected a complaint filed by non-governmental organization Transparency International-Russia challenging the legality of a warning by prosecutors over the alleged violation of law by the anti-corruption group.
- 00:42 13/07/2013
Russia’s chief prosecutor this week stepped up pressure on nongovernmental organizations, publicly denouncing their violations of a restrictive new law and accusing Kremlin human rights advisers of serving “foreign agents.”
- 15:32 10/07/2013
- 21:11 09/07/2013
- 09:20 06/07/2013
Russia’s leading election monitor, known for accusing the Kremlin of vote rigging and suspended over its alleged “foreign agent” status, found a way to continue its operations, the group’s representative said.
- 21:07 04/07/2013
- 13:04 04/07/2013
- 17:46 01/07/2013
- 18:10 28/06/2013
- 01:22 27/06/2013
The Russian government has submitted to parliament its bill providing additional grounds for unscheduled checks of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, said on Wednesday.
- 00:37 27/06/2013
- 21:28 25/06/2013
A Russian law obliging non-governmental organizations funded from abroad to register as foreign agents is designed to protect the country’s domestic policies from foreign influence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
- 16:24 25/06/2013
Russian billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov, who leads the Civil Platform party, will donate 1.5 million rubles ($45,870) to pay the annual rent for a Russian human rights group evicted from its office last weekend, a party member said on Tuesday.
- 20:46 22/06/2013
Seven people caught up in the eviction of a Russian human rights organization from its Moscow office on Saturday have formally notified the police of injuries they allegedly suffered in the incident, the police said.
- 11:00 21/06/2013
Russian independent election monitoring NGO Golos must register as a “foreign agent” under a new law, despite a previous pledge to stop accepting funding from abroad, the Justice Ministry insisted on Friday.
- 20:52 14/06/2013
- 20:11 14/06/2013
- 01:24 14/06/2013
- 20:30 04/06/2013
A regional office of Russia's Golos Association, an independent election monitoring NGO, was fined 300,000 rubles (about $10,000) on Tuesday for failing to register as a “foreign agent,” the RAPSI legal news agency reported.
- 10:17 04/06/2013
The Russian government’s legislative commission has endorsed a bill setting out rules for random checks of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by the country’s Justice Ministry, the government’s press service said on Tuesday.
- 14:06 30/05/2013
A group of leading Russian economists has called on the government to reconsider a controversial new law that obliges some NGOs to register as “foreign agents,” saying it threatens to destroy the cooperation between independent experts and the authorities.
- 13:15 24/05/2013
- 22:29 21/05/2013
Russia has made a mistake by branding some of its NGOs as "foreign agents," Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said Tuesday following a meeting to discuss the issue with State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin.
- 03:50 21/05/2013
- 19:44 20/05/2013
A respected independent Russian pollster may have to close after receiving official notice from prosecutors that they expect the organization to register as a “foreign agent” under a controversial new law, it said on Monday.
- 15:38 15/05/2013
Russia's Justice Ministry will ask a court to close down the Golos Association, an independent election monitoring NGO, if it fails to register as a “foreign agent,” Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said on Wednesday.
- 16:56 13/05/2013
The Russian Justice Ministry said on Monday it had launched an administrative case against a regional office of Russia's Golos Association, an independent election monitoring NGO, for failing to register as a "foreign agent."
- 15:28 08/05/2013
The Kremlin is trying to force the majority of independent nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia to shut down their operations, the leaders of two prominent Russian human rights groups said on Wednesday.
- 06:50 08/05/2013
- 21:44 03/05/2013
An ecological support group in Russia running a protected site for cranes has been branded as a "foreign agent" by Russian prosecutors - the latest in a series of NGOs to be listed as such by the authorities.
- 13:19 30/04/2013 Originally published at 12:35
Prosecutors in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan have ordered the Agora human rights group, which has provided legal assistance to people detained at anti-Kremlin protests, to register as a “foreign agent,” a demand it has dismissed as “unlawful.”
- 23:14 28/04/2013
Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said on Sunday the recent inspections of Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are aimed at establishing their compliance with the law, not at liquidating them.
- 18:37 26/04/2013
- 16:23 25/04/2013
Russia's Golos Association, an independent election monitoring NGO, will probably have to close, its director said after the organization was fined 300,000 rubles (around $10,000) for failing to register as a "foreign agent."
- 13:06 25/04/2013
Russia's Golos Association, a non-government organization which monitors elections and campaigns for voters' rights, has refused to register itself as a "foreign agent" as required by a new NGOs law, RAPSI reported from Moscow's Presnensky Court on Thursday.
- 13:58 24/04/2013
Russian officials on Wednesday visited the offices of the Levada Center pollster in Moscow for an inspection, in what critics claim is part of an ongoing state crackdown on the activities of non-governmental organizations in Russia.
- 07:45 22/04/2013
- 17:13 16/04/2013
Russian prosecutors have opened a case against a regional non-governmental organization accused of not registering as a “foreign agent” in the wake of a wave of inspections of NGOs, a rights group reported on Tuesday.
- 07:39 16/04/2013
- 13:18 12/04/2013
Russian election watchdog Golos (Vote, or Voice) has been given notice to vacate its office in Moscow with no explanation, the non-governmental organization’s deputy director Grigory Melkonyants told RIA Novosti on Friday.
- 19:36 11/04/2013
Russian non-governmental organizations on Thursday called on the Russian authorities to disclose the names of NGOs that received $1 billion in foreign funding mentioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.
- 19:05 10/04/2013 Originally posted at 17:32
Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika defended recent inspections of Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on Wednesday at a meeting with the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks, Chaika's office said.
- 21:30 09/04/2013
The Russian Ministry of Justice said on Tuesday it was filing a legal suit against an election monitoring non-governmental organization, Golos (Voice), under the recently introduced law on “foreign agents.”
- 18:06 08/04/2013
The recent wave of inspections of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia is not aimed at restricting their activity but rather at controlling their foreign funding, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- 23:03 07/04/2013
- 23:54 04/04/2013
Celebrated British rock guitarist and singer Mark Knopfler on Thursday canceled concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg, citing a wave of spot checks by Russian authorities on prominent rights groups and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
- 04:24 03/04/2013
- 12:24 01/04/2013 Weekly column by Konstantin von Eggert
Working for an NGO – especially a foreign-funded one – in today’s Russia is rather like being the main protagonist in a computer game like Temple Run. No matter how many hurdles you jump over and how many monsters you dodge, there is always a new danger in your path.
- 14:28 30/03/2013
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday posted a statement on its website slamming the US State Department’s stated intent to continue funding non-governmental organizations in Russia as “interfering.”
- 19:44 29/03/2013
Russia dismissed the growing alarm on Friday over the ongoing nationwide inspections of non-governmental organizations’ offices that some activists have described as a campaign of systematic intimidation.
- 02:48 29/03/2013
- 00:53 29/03/2013
- 23:31 28/03/2013
- 17:13 28/03/2013
A recent series of spot checks on non-governmental organizations in Russia that caused outcry among rights advocates is aimed at establishing their compliance with laws against extremism and the legalization of criminal income, the Prosecutor General's Office said Thursday.
- 14:34 27/03/2013
Russian state officials continued a wave of raids on prominent rights organizations on Wednesday that activists describe as a renewed pressure campaign against non-governmental organizations in the country.
- 19:10 21/03/2013
Several state agencies descended on the offices of one Russia’s most respected rights groups on Thursday as part of an inspection campaign that activists believe is aimed at harassing non-governmental organizations.
- 23:57 06/02/2013
- 17:48 16/01/2013
- 02:11 21/12/2012
- 20:43 19/12/2012
The lower house of the Russian parliament gave preliminary but crucial approval Wednesday to legislation introducing a direct ban on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved in political activity in Russia and receiving funding or other support from US citizens or US-based organizations, as well as NGOs whose activities are seen as a threat to Russia's interests.
- 20:25 18/12/2012
Russian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), cash-strapped due to a recent restrictive law on foreign funding, may get much needed support from an organization led by former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, he said on Tuesday.
- 01:51 14/12/2012
- 13:45 13/12/2012
- 16:46 23/11/2012
- 16:26 21/11/2012
- 14:01 20/11/2012
- 22:44 21/09/2012 MOSCOW, September 21 (RIA Novosti)
- 19:39 18/09/2012 MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti)
- 15:33 31/08/2012 MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti)
- 15:10 02/08/2012 MOSCOW, August 2 (RIA Novosti)
Russians generally support a number of recently passed laws that impose restrictions on the freedoms of speech and assembly and on access to information, according to a poll released Thursday by the independent Levada Center.
- 10:10 26/07/2012 WASHINGTON, July 26 (RIA Novosti)
The Russian media freedom climate has worsened since the Duma passed laws enabling Internet censorship and requiring organizations receiving international funding to label themselves as "foreign agents," Michael Posner, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for human rights, said on Wednesday.
- 02:51 26/07/2012 LONDON, July 26 (RIA Novosti)
- 02:55 25/07/2012 WASHINGTON, July 25 (RIA Novosti)
The United States believes that Russia’s new law on NGOs intimidates human and civil rights activists and undermines democratic developments in the country, Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State, said.
- 20:20 21/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti)
Russia’s two largest rights organizations will not comply with the law that classes them as "foreign agents,” the NGO’s heads said just hours after President Vladimir Putin signed the controversial bill.
- 11:54 21/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 21 (RIA Novosti)
- 18:26 20/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 20 (RIA Novosti)
Justice Initiative, a major foreign non-governmental organization which helped Chechens get state compensation for crimes against humanity totaling over 10 million euros (almost $13 million), appealed its closure in a Moscow court, Russia’s Kommersant daily said on Friday.
- 17:44 18/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 18 (RIA Novosti)
- 10:27 18/07/2012
- 12:47 16/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 16 (RIA Novosti)
- 18:50 13/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 13 (RIA Novosti)
The U.S. State Department expressing its concerns over Russia’s NGO and Internet blacklist law amounts to infringement in the country's internal affairs, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
- 13:10 13/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 13 (RIA Novosti)
- 12:30 13/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 13 (RIA Novosti)
A group of journalists gathered on Friday near the country's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, in downtown Moscow where lawmakers are debating bills on non-government organizations and recriminalizing defamation, Gazeta.ru news website reported.
- 17:25 12/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 12 (Marc Bennetts, RIA Novosti)
A Russian draft law that would label non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose political activities are funded from abroad “foreign agents” is reminiscent of methods used by Soviet secret police, the head of the Council of Europe said on Thursday.
- 05:51 12/07/2012 WASHINGTON, July 12 (RIA Novosti)
The United States has voiced its concern over a controversial Russian bill that would force non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded from abroad and engaged in political activity to declare themselves “foreign agents,” Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, said.
- 17:43 06/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 6 (Marc Bennetts, RIA Novosti)
Russia’s lower house of parliament approved on Friday in its first reading a controversial bill that would force non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded from abroad and engaged in political activity to declare themselves “foreign agents."
- 13:22 06/07/2012 MOSCOW, July 6 (Marc Bennetts, RIA Novosti)
Russia’s parliament debates on Friday a controversial bill that would force non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded from abroad and engaged in political activity to declare themselves “foreign agents”.
NGO ‘Foreign Agents’ Law
Russia’s lower house of parliament approved a controversial bill that would force non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded from abroad and engaged in political activity to declare themselves “foreign agents."