The Russian office of Transparency International is planning to appeal the decision by the Justice Ministry to register it as a nonprofit organization (NPO) functioning as a foreign agent.
"We disagree with this decision and will appeal it in court," the head of the Moscow office of Transparency International, Anton Pominov, told Interfax on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Justice Ministry announced its decision to put the Russian office of Transparency International on the register of NPOs functioning as foreign agents.
The instance of the NPO fitting the profile of a foreign-agent NPO was established during a prosecutorial inspection, a ministry spokesperson said.
The number of organizations registered by the Justice Ministry as foreign agents has topped 50. These include: Memorial, Sakharov Museum and the For Human Rights movement.
Russia's leading human rights groups have boycotted the law that compels NPOs receiving foreign grants to register themselves as foreign agents. Because of this law, Russia's oldest human rights organization, Moscow Helsinki Group, chose to forgo foreign grants completely, cut its staff and number of its projects.
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