The justice Ministry has proposed to prohibit undesirable NGOs to create a legal entity

The Ministry of justice developed a draft law envisaging a ban on the establishment of foreign and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose activity is deemed undesirable in Russia, legal entities or participation in them. This is stated in the message on the Agency’s website.

Changes are proposed to the Federal law “On measures of influence on persons involved in violations of fundamental rights and freedoms, the rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation”. The project is being developed in accordance with the recommendations of the Federation Council, noted in the Ministry.

In the summer of 2015 in Russia came into force a law allowing foreign and international NGOs the status of an unwanted, if their activities pose threat to the constitutional order, defence or security of Russia. The registry of these organizations is the Ministry of justice.

Currently it includes five organizations. First on the list in July 2015 hit “national endowment for democracy” (NED). In December the Prosecutor General’s office acknowledged undesirable activities “of the U.S. Russia Foundation for economic and legal development” (USRF) and Fund “open society” and “Promotion”.

In March 2016 the Prosecutor General’s office decided that the threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of Russia is the work of “the National democratic Institute of international Affairs” (NDI), headed by former U.S. Secretary of state Madeleine Albright.