Loopholes in law on NGOs to be eliminated so that they do not work in interests of foreign states - Putin

The law on non-governmental organizations (NGO) should not have loopholes for those, who are trying to defend interests of other countries in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

The law on non-governmental organizations (NGO) should not have loopholes for those, who are trying to defend interests of other countries in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

It is possible that the legislation on NGOs could be amended, Putin said at a meeting with Federation Council members on Thursday.

Chairman of the Federation Council committee on constitutional legislation, Andrei Klishas, raised the issue of NGO actions and gave events in Ukraine as an example. According to the information of Klishas, "funds from foreign NGOs were coming to municipal establishments," thanks to which violence was allegedly funded in Ukraine.

"NGOs are a very important part of our civil society and there are many decent people carrying out important functions, which is that they show the authorities at all levels their mistakes and faults, express the opinion of ordinary citizens and protect their interests, where the authorities operate inefficiently," Putin said.

These circumstances should not be ever forgotten, Putin said.

At the same time, "it is necessary to improve our regulations, laws and legislative basis," the president said. "Of course, the notion of 'political activities' should be elaborated so that people, who are far from namely political activities as they are, do not end up under signs of foreign agents," he said.

"And loopholes should not be left for those who are involved in not protecting the interests of Russian citizens but in protecting interests on foreign countries within Russia," Putin said. "It is necessary to think about everything and make decisions, related to improving the legal and regulatory basis, calmly," he said.

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