3 human rights organizations accused of violating procedures governing work of foreign agents

The Russian Justice Ministry is again asking for three leading human rights organizations (Transparency International - R, human rights center Memorial and the Sakharov Center) to be subjected to administrative liability.

The Russian Justice Ministry is again asking for three leading human rights organizations (Transparency International - R, human rights center Memorial and the Sakharov Center) to be subjected to administrative liability.

According to the Moscow magistrate court portal, the organizations are accused of administrative violations on the basis of an article dealing with "breaches of the regulations governing the activities by an NGO fulfilling the functions of a foreign agent." The agency believes human rights activists are disseminating information and materials without stating that they are foreign agents.

Two administrative violation acts have been made against Transparency International - R and Memorial, and one has been made against the Sakharov Center.

The human rights organizations are facing fines ranging from 300,000 rubles ($4,230) to 500,000 rubles ($7,050) for each case.

A federal law requiring all NGOs receiving Western grants to register with the Justice Ministry as "foreign agents" took effect on November 21, 2012.

On June 4, 2014, the Russian president signed a law giving the Justice Ministry the powers to include NGOs financed from abroad in the register of foreign agents by force. If an organization has not applied for inclusion in the register it will be given a fine.

The register of "foreign agents" contains dozens of organizations including the foundation Public Verdict, the center Memorial, Ekozashchita, the movement For Human Rights, the Sakharov Center, the Committee Against Torture, etc.

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