MOSCOW, December 1. The Ministry of justice has included the Foundation “open society” (Open Society Foundations) and the Institute “open society Foundation” (OSI Assistance Foundation) in the list of undesirable in Russia NGOs. This was reported on the website of the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation.
“In accordance with the Federal law “On measures of influence on persons involved in violations of fundamental rights and freedoms, the rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation” on the basis of the decision of the Deputy General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation of 26 November 2015 in the list of foreign and international non-governmental organizations whose activities are deemed undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation included the Fund for an open society (Open Society Foundations) and the open Society Institute Assistance Foundation (OSI Assistance Foundation)”, – stated in the message.
The Soros Foundation (the official name of the Foundation “open society”, Open Society Foundations, OSF) is a network of charities, organizations and programs, established by American millionaire George Soros (the first Fund – Open Society Fand, OSF – in 1979). The Fund finances international organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Mercy Corps, International Crisis Group.
The law on “undesirable organizations” was adopted in the spring of this year.
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The Prosecutor General’s office has included the Soros Foundation in the list of undesirable organizations
According to the legislation, “junk organization” can be recognized as foreign or international, but only non-governmental organization, “threatening the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, the country’s defense and state security”.
The decision on recognizing an organization as undesirable is accepted by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation or his deputies in consultation with the foreign Ministry. In the same order, the solution can be cancelled. The list of “undesirable organizations” will maintain and publish the Ministry of justice.
“Undesirable organizations” it is forbidden to create structures on the territory of the Russian Federation, to distribute their information materials, conduct of operations with monetary funds or other assets with its credit and non-credit financial institutions.
At the beginning of July 2015, the Council of the Federation was included in the Patriotic stop-list – a list of foreign NGOs, whose activities, according to the senators, poses a threat to the national security of Russia – 12 organizations. The Soros Foundation, national endowment for democracy, international Republican Institute, national democratic Institute for international Affairs, the MacArthur Foundation, Freedom House, Foundation Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Foundation “Education for democracy”, East European democratic centre, the Ukrainian world Congress, Ukrainian world coordinating Council, the Crimean field mission on human rights.
According to the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, the list should be a recommendation for inclusion in the list of undesirable organizations.