Putin: the law on NGOs-registered as foreign agents needs to be improved


MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. The law on NGOs – foreign agents could be improved, but it needs to perform its function: do not allow to intervene in the internal Affairs of the Russian Federation from the outside. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the leadership of the chambers of the Federal Assembly.

He stressed that no one restricts the freedoms of citizens under this legislation. “Of course, this law needs improving, it is only necessary to make so that it was aimed at the solution of the task for which it was created – namely, to exclude any interference in our internal political life from the outside directly or through nominees, by financing their activities inside the country. That’s actually this whole point was,” – said the head of state. “And if there is somewhere some while roughness, neuregulirovannost, it is also necessary to look carefully”, – said Putin.

The law on NGOs – foreign agents

The law on NGOs – foreign agents was adopted in the summer of 2012. It requires entities engaged in political activity and receiving funding from abroad, to accept the status of foreign agents with subsequent entering in a special register. NGOs – foreign agents are required to specify when you publish material on the Internet and the media this status.

For nearly two years, the entry in the register was in fact voluntary, but in early June of 2014 was signed into law on compulsory inclusion in the register. According to the document, the Ministry of justice may force the inclusion in the registry of NCOs – foreign agents, which are in fact established, but has not filed a statement. This decision can be appealed in court.

For failure to provide or untimely provision of the NCBs data on the implementation of the functions of infoagent, as well as the provision of “incomplete or distorted view of” the law provides for an administrative fine. The amount for officials from 10 thousand to 30 thousand rubles, and for legal entities – from 100 thousand to 300 thousand rubles.

For malicious evasion from these duties already provided for criminal liability up to imprisonment for the term up to two years.

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