Federation Council committee comments on 'foreign agents' bill
MOSCOW, July 17 - RAPSI. The Federation Council's Committee discussed the draft law branding non-profit entities financed from abroad and engaged in politics as "foreign agents."
On Monday, the committee supported the bill "introducing the efficient regulation of non-profit organizations financed from foreign sources and engaged in political activities."
However, the committee questioned the provision stating that these entities must notify the federal registration watchdog about the financial aid that they receive from abroad, as well as the financial aid that they receive from domestic organizations that received the funds from abroad.
The senators have similarly questioned the provision on criminal liability for the "willful" failure to submit documents requisite for entering the entity into the foreign agents registry.
The State Duma adopted the law on granting non-profit organizations financed from abroad and involved in politics the "foreign agent" status. The "agents" will be entered into a special register and various legal regulations will apply to them that will not apply to ordinary non-profit organizations. These regulations will stipulate specific accountability and checks.
The draft law proposed by United Russia has left many NGOs extremely dissatisfied.