Fedotov proposed to define the political activities of NGOs as a “power struggle”

Fedotov proposed to define the political activities of NGOs as a “power struggle”


MOSCOW, February 10. The Chairman of the presidential Council of the Russian Federation on development of civil society and human rights (SPCH) Michael Fedotov has suggested to complement the draft law of the Ministry of justice, clarifying the definition of political activities of NCOs, including a definition of such activities as a “struggle for power”. This is stated in the handed out at the Board meeting the proposals of the President “on the adjustment of the project (Ministry of justice)”.

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“The implementation of the policy (activity), that is directly associated with the struggle for power” – so formulates the notion of the head of the Council.

This activity, as suggested by the chair of the HRC may be in the form of participation in organizing and conducting political actions (meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches or picketing or in various combinations of these forms), and in “the formation of election commissions, referendum commissions, nomination of candidates, in the formation of lists of candidates, in the activities of the initiative group for the referendum, in the election agitation, agitation on referendum, as well as other activities aimed at obtaining a certain result at the elections or referendum”.

Fedotov also offers not be attributed to political activity “involved in the implementation of public control, in the activities of consultative, Advisory and other bodies under Executive bodies and bodies of local self-government.”

Pligin: to reveal the concept of political activities “to the end is impossible”

“Undoubtedly, it is practically impossible in many cases to the limit to disclose the term,” – said the Chairman of the Duma Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction Vladimir Pligin at the meeting of the presidential Council of the Russian Federation on development of civil society and human rights (HRC), which discusses the project of the Ministry of justice, clarifying the definition of political activities against NGOs.

With this Pligin noted that there is a decision of the European court of human rights, where he defines “possible limits of this or that interpretation.”

The head of the Duma Committee also commented on the proposal of the head of the HRC Mikhail Fedotov to complement the project of the Ministry of justice. “I don’t quite agree with this very precise proposal, as the concept of such a precise focus – the struggle for power,” he said, expressing confidence that “this, too, will be of a vague nature.”

The project of the Ministry of justice he called “a step closer to the esteemed Council.”

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Earlier, the Ministry of justice presented a draft law, according to which NGOs are recognized to engage in political activities in Russia if it carries out “activities in the field of government and foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, the Federal structure of the Russian Federation of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation, ensuring of legality, law and order, state and public security, national defense, foreign policy, socio-economic and national development of the Russian Federation, the functioning of the political system, of state authorities and local self-government, legislative regulation of the rights and freedoms of man and citizen”, if it is conducted “in order to influence the formulation and implementation of state policy on the formation of state bodies, bodies of local self-government, their decisions and actions”.

Prescribe forms in which such activities are carried out. These include, in particular, participation in organizing and holding public events, participating “in activities aimed at obtaining a certain result at elections, referendum, elections, referenda, in the formation of election commissions, referendum commissions” and “political parties” and several others. Separately specified, that does not apply to political activities in the field of science, culture, art, health, charity, etc. under certain conditions.