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Several dozen NGOs among contenders for 'patriotic stop list’ — Russian lawmaker

July 03, 2015, 21:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
This "stop list" will be used to name foreign and international non-governmental organizations which by their actions can pose a threat to Russia and its national interests
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Konstantin Kosachev

Konstantin Kosachev

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MOSCOW, July 3. /TASS/. Several dozen foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are among potential candidates to be included on a "stop list" identifying NGOs operating in Russia, a senior lawmaker said on Friday.

"All in all, we already have several dozen contenders to appear on the patriotic stop list," said Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Federation Council upper house International Affairs Committee, addressing fellow parliamentarians.

"Each situation should be subject to very careful consideration," Kosachev said, adding that the "stop list" itself "should not be a static document" but should be open to clarification and editing.

Kosachev's initiative, launched on June 24, was considered at the Federation Council's Friday session and will be brought for discussion by the Federation Council Committees on International Affairs, Defence and Constitutional Legislation. The lawmaker said he hoped the Federation Council would prepare a draft statement by a plenary session on July 8.

Plans are "to use the format of such a patriotic ‘stop list’ to name foreign and international non-governmental organizations which by their actions can pose a threat or are already threatening Russia and its national interests", Kosachev said.

At the July 8 plenary, lawmakers will forward the plan to the Foreign Ministry, Justice Ministry and the Prosecutor-General’s Office.

The list is designed to establish procedures for identifying "undesirable organizations", Kosachev told TASS, adding that legal decisions on including such bodies fall to "competent public authorities" and not the Federal Assembly.

"But the Federation Council is entitled to give political assessments and we will certainly make these assessments based on the information we have," he added.

Under an existing 2012 law, foreign-funded Russian NGOs linked to politics must register with the Justice Ministry as "foreign agents".

Legislation requires that NGOs receiving funding from abroad and deemed involved in political activity file a report on their operations to officials every quarter. Law also obliges them to print the term "foreign agent" on all of their publications. Any such agency failing to comply with the rules could face substantial penalties.

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