Russian foreign agent law lacks provision for exclusion of NGOs
MOSCOW, December 6 - RAPSI. The Justice Ministry has not prescribed a procedure for the exclusion of nongovernmental organizations from the register of foreign agents as such has not been stipulated by the law, the ministry's press service told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
According to the ministry, the principles of legal regulation for holding the register of non-profit organizations carrying out the functions of a foreign agent are defined by the law on non-profit organizations.
"The law does not stipulate a procedure for the exclusion of nongovernmental organizations from the register. In this regard, this has not been included in the procedure for holding the register of non-profit organizations carrying out the functions of a foreign agent approved by the Justice Ministry's order of November 30, 2012," the press service reported.
Previously, the Interregional Human Rights Association AGORA wrote to Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov asking whether the Russian Justice Ministry will be excluding the organization from the register and which legislative act stipulates the procedure.
A new law obligating Russian NGOs financed from abroad and involved in political activity to be registered as foreign agents entered into effect on November 20.
The law was adopted by the State Duma in its spring session.
Pursuant to the law, the agents will be obliged to be enteredinto a special registry. Different legal regulations will apply to them, which will not apply to ordinary NGOs.
These regulations will stipulate a specific level of accountability and checks.