Sergei Nikitin: "The Russian authorities should be robust enough to accept constructive criticism from civil society groups and learn to work with them - not against them"

posted 18 Nov 2016, 11:06 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Nov 2016, 11:10 ]
“The foreign agents law was designed to shackle, stigmatise, and ultimately silence critical NGOs. It has caught a wide range of NGOs in its net and come at considerable cost to individual rights and the quality of civic discussion in Russia. The ultimate losers are not just NGOs but Russian society. The Russian authorities should be robust enough to accept constructive criticism from civil society groups and learn to work with them - not against them. The first step on this way is to repeal the ‘foreign agents’ law and lift other arbitrary restrictions on NGOs’ worK.” 

- Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia

Source:
'Russia: Four years of Putin’s ‘Foreign Agents’ law to shackle and silence NGOs', Amnesty International, 18 November 2016
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