RUSSIA INTRODUCES LEGISLATION ALLOWING FOR THE CLOSURE OF “UNDESIRABLE” FOREIGN NGOs

Russia has introduced legislation authorising the country’s Prosecutor General and his deputies, in consultation with the Foreign Ministry, to designate foreign non-governmental organisations as “undesirable” if they are deemed to pose a threat to the constitutional order of the Russian Federation or to its defence and security.  The law also targets Russian citizens or groups that have any involvement with designated foreign NGOs, although it does not specify what activities “involvement” encompasses.

Under the Act, civil and criminal penalties can be imposed on a designated organisation if it continues to operate in Russia, and people working for the organisation may be sentenced to up to 6 years in prison.

Russian MP Alexander Taransky, who co-authored the legislation, has stated that it is chiefly targeted at commercial organisations in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russian businesses.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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