Bill introducing procedure of qualifying intl organizations' activities in Russia as undesirable submitted to Duma

A bill introducing a procedure for qualifying activities of foreign and international organizations in Russia as undesirable if they pose a threat to Russia's constitutional system and security has been submitted to the State Duma.

A bill introducing a procedure for qualifying activities of foreign and international organizations in Russia as undesirable if they pose a threat to Russia's constitutional system and security has been submitted to the State Duma.

The authors of the relevant amendments to law are parliamentarians Alexander Tarnavsky of the party A Just Russia and Anton Ishchenko, a Liberal Democratic Party member.

"The implementation of the measures proposed will help improve the effectiveness of counteracting activities of foreign organizations posing a threat to the state's security, forming threats of color revolutions, or promoting the appearance of hotbeds of tension on an interethnic or inter-religious basis," says an explanatory note to the bill, the text of which was posted on the Duma database on Thursday.

The authors said a decision on whether to recognize the activities of a foreign or international organization on Russian territory as undesirable will rest with the Prosecutor General's Office in coordination with the Interior Ministry, based on information coming from law enforcement agencies. It is presumed that the Justice Ministry will keep and publish the list of such foreign organizations.

The authors explained that the recognition of activities of a foreign or international organization as undesirable would entail the freezing of its assets, such an organization would be banned from setting up structural divisions and circulating information materials on Russian territory, and entry to Russia for individuals involved in activities of such an organization would be restricted.

An individual involved in activities of such an organization in Russia would be held administratively liable. A repeated violation of this kind will lead to criminal liability.

The bill also introduces penalties for the violation of its provisions.

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