Russian parliament considers blacklisting 'undesirable' foreign organizations
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MOSCOW, November 28 (RAPSI) – Russian Lower House MPs Alexander Tarnavsky (A Just Russia) and Anton Ishchenko (LDPR) have submitted a bill to parliament to compile a list of undesirable foreign and international organizations, TASS reported on Thursday.
The bill would allow authorities to ban foreign and international organizations that “threaten the defense or security of the state (Russia)” or “pubic order and health.”
Under the bill, the designation of a foreign or international organization as undesirable would be followed by a restriction on opening new branch offices and the closure of existing ones.
The bill would also ban the distribution of information, including online. The decision to declare an organization undesirable would be taken by the Prosecutor General’s Office upon consultation with the Foreign Ministry and be based on information and documents provided by the interior and security agencies.
Furthermore, individuals involved in the operation of an undesirable foreign or international organization in Russia would be fined between 10,000 and 100,000 rubles ($215-$2,150).
The employees of an undesirable organization that continued to work in Russia could face criminal charges and fines ranging between 300,000 and 500,000 rubles ($6,460-$10,770) or two to eight years in prison.