Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika has criticized some members of the Presidential Human Rights Council of belonging to non-governmental organizations (NGO) that should be registered as foreign agents under the new law.
"Four members of NGOs currently performing foreign agent functions and three of NGOs that performed these functions before the law took effect" are Human Rights Council members now, Chaika said at a Federation Council session in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.
"Individual incidents of the involvement of high-ranking government officials, members of political parties and other governmental institutions in the activities of NGOs performing foreign agent functions have been revealed," he said.
These people, whom Chaika did not identify, "still belong to the Council, through which they are attempting to influence government bodies, analyze draft regulations, and make proposals on amending the law," he said.
At the same time, these people and NGOs have categorically denied their involvement in political activities and refuse to be recognized as foreign agents, he said.
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