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Foreigners to be stopped with help of a 'patriotic stop-list' (Gazeta.ru)

29 June 2015

Source: Gazeta.Ru

By Natalya Galimova 

First names to be added to register of undesirable organizations in the fall

As Gazeta.Ru has learned, the ‘patriotic stop-list’ of Western foundations that the Federation Council will send to the Prosecutor General’s Office with a request to investigate their activities with regard to the law on undesirable organizations will include more than 20 names. The inclusion in the list of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House is being discussed. In the autumn a number of these organizations could be included in the register of undesirable organizations and their activities in Russia banned.

On 3 July the Federation Council will hold a session on the issue of the activities of foreign non-governmental organizations in Russia.

The initiator of the event last week was the Konstantin Kosachev, head of the committee for international affairs of the Federation Council, who stated that the amount of funds that Western foundations are sending to Russia is growing and that ‘the money is not going to support our citizens and not to stabilize the economic and political situation’: ‘What we are talking about is a repetition of the anti-democratic scenario developed in Ukraine and other countries for changing the lawful government to a regime that would be loyal [to the US]’.

It was suggested that participants in the hearing would be representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Justice – the government agencies that are empowered under the provisions of the law on undesirable foreign organizations. As Gazeta.Ru has already written, the decision as to whether to include one or other body in the register is taken by the General Prosecutor in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Justice will run the register.

At the present time a decision has been taken that the list of participants in the meeting will not be restricted to senators and representatives of the government agencies concerned.

According to sources contacted by Gazeta.Ru familiar with the course of preparation of the event, it is intended to invite representatives of the FSB, members of the Public Chamber, and also deputies from all parliamentary fractions.

Duma members spoke out in support of the senators’ initiative before the hearing in the Federation Council has taken place: a highly placed source in the State Duma told Gazeta.Ru that on Tuesday Vladimir Zhirinovsky plans to speak in a plenary session of the lower chamber on the ‘harmful’ activities of foreign NGOs.

A ‘patriotic stop-list’ is being prepared in time for the hearing at the Federation Council, a liest of Western foundations whose activities in the view of the senators could represent a threat to Russia. Kosachev earlier declared that the list should also contain a number of US NGOs: Soros Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

According to the informed sources of Gazeta.ru, there will be more than 20 NGOs in the ‘stop-list’. Those that may be added to the list could include such well-known organizations as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House. Moreover, the inclusion of Ford Foundation (USA), Robert Bosch Foundation (Germany) and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (USA) is also under discussion. [Read more in Russian]
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