Putin agrees to amend NGO 'foreign agent' law
MOSCOW, Deсember 5 (RAPSI) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to adjust a law labeling foreign-funded non-governmental organizations involved in political activity "foreign agents", TASS reported Friday.
Some of the provisions of the law are in conflict with the original concept, Putin said.
“When the law was being adopted, the rationale behind it was to ensure that nobody could interfere in our political life from the outside, through financial resources,” Putin said, adding that when some [groups] abroad finance internal political processes, they are not pursuing Russian national interests, but their own.
His remarks came in response to comments by Human Rights Commissioner Ella Pamfilova, who said that the foreign agents law needs reviewing “so that it does not humiliate rights activists, but enables them to work problem-free.” The president invited rights activists to think together about ways of amending the law.
In November, Putin endorsed Pamfilova’s proposal to develop a procedure for taking NGOs off the list of foreign agents if they stop receiving funding from abroad. Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov told TASS Thursday the bill had long been drafted and discussed in the cabinet. The discussion should now be revived, he added.