The state Duma adopted in the first reading the draft law of resonance detailing the concept of “political activities” for NGOs and environmental and in particular social surveys. Against the bill are members of the presidential Council for human rights, charities, etc. voted For 381 Deputy, against — two, one abstained, over 60 did not vote at all.
In the middle of February the representatives of all parliamentary factions in the Duma introduced a bill clarifying the definition of political activities for nonprofit organizations (NPOs), the document is published on the website of the lower house of Parliament.
The bill drafted by the justice Ministry, in late January the Agency published for public comment. In the state Duma the draft made no change. The Ministry of justice suggested to consider the areas where such activities take place, the state and the Federal structure, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Russia, ensuring of legality, law and order, security, national defense, foreign policy, integrity and stability of the political system, socio-economic and national development of the country, the functioning and formation of bodies of state power and local self-government, the regulation of the rights and freedoms of man and citizen.
The forms in which NGOs can engage in politics, the Ministry of justice ranked the participation in rallies and public statements, any activities related to elections, public circulation to government agencies in order to influence their decisions, public assessment of their work, the impact on public opinion (including his study), the involvement of citizens in policy and funding of all the above.