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Russian diplomat says Russia needs no advice from US how to develop democracy

May 25, 2015, 20:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The diplomat commented on US State Department spokeswoman's statement about Russia’s new law on undesirable organization
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Konstantin Dolgov

Konstantin Dolgov

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MOSCOW, May 25. /TASS/. Democracy in Russia is developing in line with international norms and no advice from outside is needed, Russian Foreign Ministry’s representative for human rights, democracy and the supremacy on law Konstantin Dolgov wrote on his Twitter account on Monday, commenting on US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf’s pronouncements about Russia’s new law on undesirable organization.

"Judging by Marie Harf’s statement about the law on non-government organization of May 23, the United States is persistently seeking to teach citizens of sovereign state democracy and human rights," he wrote.

The Russian diplomat noted that the United Nations Human Rights Council had recently made a record number - 348 - critical recommendations to the United States. "It is yet another evidence of large-scale acute problems with human rights and the supremacy of law principle in the United States," Dolgov underscored.

"Meanwhile, Russia’s democratic development will successfully continue in strict compliance with the country’s international liabilities without bilious leads from outside," he stressed.

Earlier, the United States Department of State expressed its concern over this law which may further complicate the situation with civil society.

The law that was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday and posted on the official web portal of legal information says that a foreign or international, but only non-governmental (NGO), organization can be recognized as undesirable if it "poses a threat to fundamentals of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, to the country’s defence capacity and security." A decision to this effect is passed by Russia’s prosecutor general or his deputies in coordination with the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Ministry of Justice is to be in charge of making up lists of ‘undesirable organizations’ and of publishing them.

The law imposes, in particular, a ban on activities, setting up and opening of structural subdivisions of an ‘undesirable organization’ in the Russian Federation and distribution of its information materials.

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