While the financial operations of the Ronald McDonald House as a nonprofit organization (NPO) could become a subject of a prosecutorial inspection, so far there is no reason to believe that the foundation could be registered as a "foreign agent," said Yaroslav Nilov, the head of the State Duma Committee for Public and Religious Organizations.
"If prosecutors recognize that the foundation is engaged in political activities funded by money received from abroad, the Justice Ministry will duly examine the matter and might put the foundation on the register of organizations functioning as foreign agents," Nilov (Russian Liberal Democratic Party) told Interfax on Wednesday.
If the foundation receives funding from abroad and gives it to other organizations, which conduct political activities, for instance, then all grievances should be addressed to those organizations, and not the foundation, the parliamentarian said.
"Honestly, I have never heard about the McDonald foundation conducting political activities," Nilov said.
Prosecutors will be able to check the foundation's activity as an NPO on the subject of compliance with its by-laws, he said.
Earlier Moscow Deputy Prosecutor Yury Katasonov said that following a request from State Duma member Andrei Krutov (A Just Russia) Moscow prosecutors have launched an inquiry into the business activity of the Ronald McDonald House.
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