Jens Siegert: NGOs and the Kremlin – fresh plans to tighten up the NGO law

posted 4 Sep 2014, 12:54 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Sep 2014, 12:55 ]
31 July 2014

Source: Boell Foundation Russia Blog

It would appear that the repressive tactics employed by the Russian state against NGOs with links abroad have been ramped up a level. It started back in early June with amendments to the NGO law which gave the Ministry of Justice the power to impose the label of “foreign agent” on any NGOs which (also) receive money from abroad, whether they agree or not. The Ministry of Justice has exercised this right on 10 occasions already. At around the same time, the tax authorities also began to scrutinise the finances of many NGOs and to demand that tax be paid on donations, contrary to previous practice (and previous case law). [Read more]

Translated by Joanne Reynolds