Criticism of the law on foreign agents was considered the reason for the recognition agent

DOJ suggests criticism of the law on foreign agents in political activities and on this basis to include NGOs in the registry of foreign agents. This is stated in the annual report, which the Ministry submitted to the state Duma, according to “Vedomosti” with reference to the document.

It also States that the reason for the inclusion in the list may be activities aimed at discrediting the foreign and internal policy decisions of the government (including those concerning the events in Ukraine and changes in the laws. Also the Agency draws attention to the inadmissibility of discrediting public organizations, international relations, urban policy and regulation in the Internet.

It is noted that the way in which the NGO received funds from abroad and how often, is irrelevant. Also, according to the Ministry of justice, should not play a role, whether the organization gives a positive assessment to the actions of the authorities or negative.

According to the Agency, in 2015 the number of NGOs that received status of inherent, nearly tripled, from 29 to 81. At the same time in 2015 they received from foreign sources 950 million rubles.

NGOs may be included in the registry of foreign agents under two conditions: if it is sponsored from abroad and conducts political activities.

In April 2016, was issued a record fine NCOs for lack of markings “foreign agent” — the Association “Golos” was fined 1.2 million rubles.