Russia’s lower house of parliament approved on Friday in its first reading a controversial bill that would force non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded from abroad and engaged in political activity to declare themselves “foreign agents.” /…/
NGOs would also have to publish a biannual report of their activities and carry out an annual financial audit. Failure to comply with the law could result in four-year jail sentences and/or fines of up to 300,000 rubles ($9,200) for members.
A Kremlin source told RIA Novosti earlier this week that the law could be approved by both houses of parliament this month and enter into force this fall.
(Russian bill requires foreign-funded NGOs to declare themselves as foreign agents. Which brings Russian law completely in line with U.S. law: the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Which is something the New York Times seemed to omit from its “reporting.” – by Wayne Madsen)
It’s a result of the role Western-backed NGO’s played in financing, supporting and instigating color revolutions and political unrest in targeted countries. In some cases – they actively supported bloody rebelions and regime changes. This kind of political influence is unacceptable, as these organizations are not elected and not accountable to the local voters. Many of these organizations are funded by the Soros Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, and similar organizations serving U.S. policy goals. They’ve asked for it.