Liberal Mission Foundation removed from 'foreign agents' list

The Liberal Mission Foundation, the scientific foundation of theoretical and applied research led by Yevgeny Yasin, the Director of Research at the Higher School of Economics and a member of the Human Rights Council under the Russian president, has been removed from the federal register of non-governmental organizations (NGO) functioning as foreign agents.

A man passes by the office of Memorial rights group in Moscow, Nov. 21, 2012. The building has the words “Foreign Agent (Loves) USA” spray-painted on its facade by unidentified people. Source: AP

The Liberal Mission Foundation, the scientific foundation of theoretical and applied research led by Yevgeny Yasin, the Director of Research at the Higher School of Economics and a member of the Human Rights Council under the Russian president, has been removed from the federal register of non-governmental organizations (NGO) functioning as foreign agents.

On September 11, 2015, the Liberal Mission was removed from the list due to termination of its functioning as a foreign agent, according to the register record published on the official website of Russia's Ministry Of Justice.

On May 25, the Ministry of Justice included the Liberal Mission Foundation, together with Dmitry Zimin's Dynasty Foundation of non-commercial programs, in the register of NGOs functioning as foreign agents.

According to the case files, the Liberal Mission Foundation had received two money transfers from Dynasty Foundation. When speaking in court, representatives of the Liberal Mission insisted that they had accepted money nominated in the Russian currency and transferred by a Russian organization and that they were convinced that it was Zimin's personal money.

Lawyers believe that the existing evidence that the money was transferred from a Bermuda bank account does not make it an instance of foreign funding.

On June 17, a magistrate at Moscow's Tverskoy District Court said that the financing received from Dynasty Foundation by the Liberal Mission Foundation for its programs constituted political activities, ruling to impose a $5,500 fine.

On June 22, a magistrate at Moscow's Khamovniki District Court pronounced a similar judgment against the Liberal Mission Foundation.

On July 5, the Dynasty Foundation published its decision on dissolution.

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