Wednesday, July 8, 2015

12 foreign NGOs included in Russian Federation Council's 'patriotic stop list'

18:00 July 8, 2015 Interfax

The Russian Federation Council has demanded that the Prosecutor General's Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Justice Ministry scrutinize the operations of 12 foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) in Russia for their compliance with Russian law.

The so-called 'patriotic stop list' compiled by the Federation Council includes 12 such foreign NGOs, most of them having some connection to the United States.

  The list features George Soros' Open Society Foundations, the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the MacArthur Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Education for Democracy Foundation, the East European Democratic Center, the Ukrainian World Congress, the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council and the Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights. The Federation Council's address to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov says that the above-mentioned NGOs' operations in Russia are aimed at affecting the internal political situation in the country. 

Unprecedented involvement in this activity of NGOs financed from national budgets of foreign states gives grounds to talk about "mild aggression" against Russia and its people, the document says. A significant number of such organizations are pursuing their programs not through their own offices on Russian territory but from abroad through go-betweens, it said. Therefore, it is necessary "to inform the Russian public in advance about risks emerging in contacts with them" and regularly monitor "the efficiency of the existing legal mechanism stipulated by Russian law," the Federation Council said. 

The patriotic stop list incorporates a number of "foreign and international non-governmental organizations [known] for their anti-Russian bias," the Federation Council said, proposing that the Russian law on qualifying their activities in Russian territory as unwelcome should be extended to them. Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko had told journalists on July 8 that the stop list was not exhaustive. Federation Council international affairs committee head Konstantin Kosachyov had said earlier that the 'patriotic stop list' would be open-ended and that new foreign NGOs would be added to it if need be.

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