MOSCOW, December 7 (Itar-Tass) — The non-governmental organisations listed as foreign agents should be prepared to special rules and control, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a traditional interview with Russian television channels on Friday.
“We do not mean a ban or qualifying the NGOs as criminals, we mean that to those involved in political activities and receiving money from foreign states we shall be applying special rules, like the rest of the world does,” he said.
The prime minister said that the Russian law on non-governmental organisations was based on a similar law of the United States. “We have used the model from the US practice, namely their law of the 1930s on foreign agents; and Americans do not refuse from it, they are adding new formulas to it,” he said.
In his opinion, the word “agent,” used for organisations financed from abroad, does not bear any negative meaning. “I would like to address you to the word’s etymology – our legislation covers agents’ deals, we have a notion of relations between a principal and an agent, and they are calling those the same way,” Medvedev said. “The meaning is a representative, a trusted person, that’s it.”