Institute John McCain has threatened to ban in Russia


“The Ministry of justice, Prosecutor General’s office and Ministry of foreign Affairs collect and analyze information and possibly accept unwanted four NGOs from adopted by the Council of the Federation “the Patriotic stop-list”, said Monday the head of Committee of the Federation Council international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev. This is the international Republican Institute (IRI), the world Congress of Ukrainians, the Ukrainian world coordination Council of the Crimean field mission on human rights, he explained to journalists. These are the results of the joint meeting of constitutional, international and defence committees of the Federation Council with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of justice, Ministry of foreign Affairs and attorney General. Five organizations from the “stop-list” of relevant agencies have not yet found a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of Russia, said the Senator. He added that while the senators do not plan the expansion of the “stop-list”.

The international Republican Institute (International Republican Institute, IRI) is a non — profit organization, which is chaired by the Senator from Arizona John McCain, known for his critical remarks about the Russian leadership and policy. Its activities in Russia, IRI carried out since 1992, but discontinued it in 2012, after the adoption of the law “on foreign agents”.

Public organization of the Ukrainian world Congress was founded in 1967 in new York. Since 2008 it is chaired by canadian Eugene Czolij. The Ukrainian world Congress does not recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia, welcomed the renewal of U.S. sanctions and the European Union against Russia.

The Ukrainian world coordinating Council unites Ukrainian and foreign public organizations, was established in 1992. In Russia, UVK members are 46 public organizations, follows from the data presented on the organization’s website.

The Crimean field mission on human rights was created in 2014. The mission included representatives from various human rights organizations from the CIS and coordinates the work of the member of the presidential Council on human rights Andrey Yurov. In July last year, when it became known that the Crimean field mission can be entered in the register by the Council under the President of Russia on development of civil society and human rights (HRC) has appealed to the Prosecutor General, Ministry of justice, Ministry of foreign Affairs and the Federation Council with the request to “not make mistakes” and do not include informal Association of human rights defenders of the Crimean field mission on the list of “undesirable organizations”.

Members of the presidential HRC Nikolay Svanidze and Andrei Yurov was bewildered by the fact that the Crimean field mission, uniting human rights defenders volunteers could get into the list of foreign non-governmental organizations whose activities may be undesirable in Russia.

The law, allowing foreign and international non-governmental organizations the status of junk, if their activities pose threat to the constitutional order, defence or security of Russia, entered into force in the summer of 2015. Organizations recognized as undesirable, prohibited to work in Russia. And Russian NGOs are prohibited from receiving their help.

The registry of unwanted organizations kept by the Ministry of justice, while in five it organizations. On March 17, in the registry was included the national democratic Institute for international Affairs (NDI), headed by former U.S. Secretary of state Madeleine Albright. The organization chaired by Albright became the fifth, the activity of which was banned. First on the list in July of 2015 has hit the national endowment for democracy (NED). In December the Prosecutor General’s office acknowledged unwanted in Russia the activities of the American-Russian Fund on economic and law development and Fund “open society” and “Promotion” founded by billionaire George Soros.

Kosachev on Monday stressed that “stop list” of the Federation Council is just one of the 17 applications received by the state office of public Prosecutor since the entry into force of the law on undesirable organizations.

“Our “stop-list” is not the only channels of information much more”, — said the head of the international Committee. In total in these 17 cases was queried the 56 activities of foreign or international organizations, he said.

In most cases claims against the organizations are not confirmed, stressed Kosachev. “We are pleased with the process. We never counted on the fact that all of our 12 organizations [from the “stop-list”] fall under the ban,” he added.

The senators will continue to monitor the activities of agencies. The next meeting in this format will be held within the autumn session of the upper chamber, said Kosachev.