Russian law on foreign spies


January 24, 2022

Russian law on "foreign agent" (English: Russian "foreign agent" law), or the official name "On Amendments to Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation regarding the Regulation of the Activities of Non -profit Organizations Performing the Functions of a Foreign Agent) is a law in Russia that obliges non-profit organizations to receive foreign donations and participate in "Political activists" must register and declare themselves a foreign spy, a law drawn up in July 2012 by legislators of the United Russia party. It was passed into law by President Vladimir Putin on July 20, 2012. The new statute is a series of amendments to the existing law. The law was enacted in November 2012, but it was not implemented until Putin directed law enforcement officials to adopt the law during a speech to members of the Federal Security Service in February 2013. NGOs. Those who are legally registered are subject to additional audits. and must declare himself or herself as "Foreign spy" in every official statement of the organization, the phrase "foreign spy" (Russian: Иностранный агент, foreign agent; foreign agent). Foreign spy) in the Russian language was strongly associated with the Cold War-era concept of state espionage. The law has been heavily criticized both inside and outside Russia as a human rights violation and a target for government opposition groups. While legal advocates associate this law with the United States' foreign spy registration law, the law is not legally binding.

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