Russian NGO Law Requiring Foreign Agent Registration Takes Effect

from Nonprofit Quarterly:

On Eve of Enactment of Russian NGO Law: Activists Vow to Boycott

Some civil society and human rights activists are vowing to ignore a Russian law that would require NGO’s with foreign funding to register as “foreign agents.” The law, which is poised to take effect [today], is seen as a tool to reduce the credibility of groups receiving money from outside the country.

This law is one of a number of what many see as dissent stifling legal measures implemented since Putin was re-elected in May. Many see them as a response in part to Putin’s view that other nations, including the United States, are helping to destabilize his government by promoting protests.