April 9, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Constitutional Court of Russia on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a law requiring non-government organizations (NGOs) to register as "foreign agents" if they accept foreign funding. The law, passed in 2012, requires that all NGOs that accept foreign funding and engage in "political ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure into law Monday expanding the reasons for which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can be subject to unscheduled audits, or "snap inspections." These reasons include allegations of extremism and suspected violations of the law, and the ...[read more]
August 13, 2013
by Endia Vereen
Russia's Constitutional Court on Tuesday received the first official complaint against the country's new law which requires political non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents." Kostroma Center was fined 300,000 rubles (USD $9,000) for ...[read more]
June 7, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The UN released a letter on Thursday from UN human rights experts voicing their concern that two Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been charged by Russian prosecutors following their involvement with the UN Committee against Torture. The Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial in St. ...[read more]
May 16, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
Three UN independent experts on Tuesday urged authorities in Russia to revise a law that is having "obstructive, intimidating and stigmatizing effects" on the country's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-commercial organizations (NCOs). The law, adopted in November, requires NGOs and ...[read more]
March 28, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
Russia, pursuant to its attempt to crack down on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within its borders, on Wednesday raided the Moscow headquarters of Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Transparency International. The most recent seizure came two days after the government raided the local office of ...[read more]
November 20, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
Russia's new NGO law went into effect on Tuesday, and activists have vowed to challenge it. The law requires Russian NGOs financed from abroad and involved in political activity to be registered as foreign agents. Some activists are already in the process of appealing to the European Court of ...[read more]
August 15, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo, on Tuesday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to refrain from implementing a new law that labels rights groups that receive overseas funding as "foreign agents," a term often associated with "spies" in Russia. The law, already ...[read more]
July 30, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a bill into the law that re-criminalizes slander and libel in the country. The law defines slander as "knowingly disseminating false information defaming the honour and dignity or undermining the reputation of another person." The legislation was ...[read more]
July 21, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed into law a bill that labels all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that engage in political activity as "foreign agents" and requires them to register with the Justice Ministry before receiving any foreign funding. Opponents of this new law, ...[read more]

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