The state Duma in the second reading approved the increase of the periods of limitation for violations of the NCO

The state Duma in the second reading approved the increase of the periods of limitation for violations of the NCO


The limitation period for liability for breach of the order of the work of NGOs – “foreign agents” law is three months. As those cases require lengthy expert research, according to the bill, the deadline will be extended to one year.

MOSCOW, 20 Oct. The state Duma adopted at a meeting Tuesday in the second reading the bill on increasing by four times — up to one year — limitation period on administrative cases on violation of the procedure of activities of the NGOs — “imagenow”, and transferring those cases to a higher level.

The bill was introduced by members of the faction “United Russia” among which the head of the constitutional Committee of the state Duma Vladimir Pligin and a member of the same Committee Vladimir Ponevejsky.

Now the limitation period for liability for violation of the order the work of NGOs — “foreign agents” law is three months (article 4.5 of the Federal Code of administrative offences). Practice shows that taking into account the specifics of the offence this term is insufficient: such cases require expert study, and it takes a lot of time writing to MPs and propose to increase the limitation period to one year.

Analysis of judicial practice shows that the magistrates issued orders were often changed by higher judicial bodies because of the incorrect application of the law. The project is proposed to refer to the jurisdiction of judges of district courts of the administrative case on the violation of the order of the activities of noncommercial organizations performing functions of a foreign agent, as well as cases of violation of rules of conduct spectators when conducting official sports competitions.

Justices of the peace generally consider small and simple things, more complex are sent to the district courts.

In November 2012, the law obliged financed from abroad political NGOs to register as “foreign agents.” Now a list of about 40 organizations. Before Parliament is a bill providing for a mechanism to exclude NGOs from the list of “noagents” — until now it was impossible.