Kremlin rejects criticism of Russia’s new law on ‘undesirable’ NGOs

The Kremlin disagrees with the criticism of Russian laws classifying the NGOs as "foreign agents" and "undesirable organizations," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

The Kremlin disagrees with the criticism of Russian laws classifying the NGOs as "foreign agents" and "undesirable organizations," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

"This does not mean that the legislation is flawed," Peskov said, adding that the claims of the organizations targeted by the laws cannot serve as grounds for revising them.

Peskov commented on including the Dynasty non-profit foundation to the list of "foreign agents."

"If it [foundation] receives funds from abroad, then it is a "foreign agent" in accordance with the legislation," Peskov explained. "If it is included on the list, but has not received any funds from abroad, then there are all the legal grounds to challenge this decision in court," he added.

The Kremlin spokesman said there are specific criteria here: either it receives money from abroad or not. "This cannot be a formal or informal characteristic," Peskov said.

"If you get money from abroad and are engaged in politics then you should declare yourself as a "foreign agent," the presidential spokesman said. "This does not mean that this activity is banned," he added, warning against distorting facts.

Peskov also explained that these two laws do not substitute each other. "These are different things," he said.

"Undesirable" are those [organizations] that pose a threat to the national security and national interests," Peskov said. "Agents" do not necessarily pose a threat," he added. "These are completely different matters," he said.

First published by TASS.

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