NGOs to face tougher scrutiny
On November 23, the Duma approved in a first reading a law on nongovernmental non-profit organizations. The law will bring NGOs under strict state control, requiring them to register with the Justice Ministry’s Federal Registration Service next year, and have all their finances closely supervised. “We know how easy it would be for the tax police and fire inspectors to find something wrong and shut down unwanted organizations,” said independent deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov, as reported by The Moscow Times. The bill, Ryzhkov said, “will put an end to civil society in Russia.”
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