Russia to Tighten Requirements for Foreign NPOs

A bill has been submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation that expands the concept of “foreign sources” and also prohibits the registration of structural units of foreign NPOs in residential premises, the official portal of the Federal Legislative Support System reports. 

The explanatory note to the document states that the introduction of the corresponding changes is due to the need to improve the legislation of the Russian Federation on non-profit organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent in order to protect human rights and freedoms.

According to the Head of the Duma Committee for the Affairs of Public Unions and Religious Organizations, Sergey Gavrilov, now a “foreign source” will mean, among other things, funding from a Russian legal entity, the ultimate owner of which is foreign citizens.

Also, the draft law placed in the system for ensuring legislative activity introduces the obligation of foreign NPOs and their subdivisions to submit to the Ministry of Justice of Russia programmes of their activities and a report on their implementation.

Ru-Main, 11.11.2020 

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