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Putin agrees it is necessary to correct law on NGO-foreign agents

December 05, 2014, 14:38 UTC+3
“This law certainly needs adjustment, it is not perfect," Russian President Vladimir Putin said
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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he considered it possible to correct the law on NGO-foreign agents.

“This law certainly needs adjustment. It is not perfect and perhaps some of its clauses fail to correspond to the present-day conditions. It should be undoubtedly corrected because some of its clauses are in contradiction with the initial sense of what was planned to be done,” the president said at a meeting with members of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society Development and Human Rights and ombudsmen.

Russia is ready to work on improving the international humanitarian law, Russian President Vladimir Putin also said. “Certainly, we will be engaged in and take part in the work on improvement of the international humanitarian law,” he said, adding that the priority should be given to the Russian regulatory system and “to the Russian human rights organizations.”

Putin also claimed the problem with gay rights in Russia is a “label attached by other countries.”

“Russia recognizes and does not infringe on the rights of non-traditional sexual orientation,” he said. “It is a label attached to the Russian Federation by other countries,” the president said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he disagrees with human rights ombudswoman Ella Pamfilova’s words that Russia is pressured from “all sides.” “Nobody is pressuring us, they are just trying to do so,” Putin noted. “And what is more, not from all the sides as their arms are too short to get us from all sides.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not given a definite answer to the proposal of head of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society Development and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov to announce amnesty for the 70th anniversary of the World War II Victory. “I’m for it, but a measured approach is necessary,” the president said. He said that amnesties should not be granted “too often.”

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