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Chaika to report to Federal Council results of NGOs inspections

July 08, 2013, 13:16 UTC+3
Russia's Prosecutor General to present the special report on Wednesday
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MOSCOW, July 8 (Itar-Tass) - On Wednesday, July 10, Russia’s Federation Council will hear a report from the country’s Prosecutor General Viktor Chaika on results of the inspections of non-governmental organisations regarding their compliance with the law on NGO - foreign agents, a senator representing the Chelyabinsk region Ruslan Gattarov told Itar-Tass on Monday.

“Senators are interested to learn the inspection results and to realise how many and which organisations receive support from abroad and which of them are also involved in political activities,” Gattarov said.

He added that on the background of the US inspection of their non-governmental organisation, which checked strictly activities of only opposing organisations, the inspections of the Russian authority “look very good on that contrast.”

“Everything is simple: we have a new law, and according to it there were inspections, and there are no political reasons to them, while in the US a political rationale has been proved,” he explained.

A year earlier, the Russian Federation adopted a law on non-governmental organisations - foreign agents, which states that a non-profit organisation, a foreign agent, is a Russian non-governmental organisation, which receives monetary funds and other assets from foreign countries, international and foreign organisations, foreign citizens, from Russian companies which receive the assets and other property from the said sources; which participates among others in the interests of foreign sources in political activities in the territory of Russia.

The law says that a non-governmental organisation, which fulfils functions of a foreign agent should report every six months its activities and managers, and every quarter - spending of monetary funds and use of other assets, including those received from foreign sources. NGO-foreign agents should be inspected not more than once a year, with the exception for planned inspections, which may be organised following information in the media about facts, proving existence of extremism signs.

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