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YABLOKO held a series of one-person pickets against toughening of the law on non-profit organisations

Press Release

July 6, 2012

On 6 July activists of the YABLOKO party held a series of one-person pickets protesting against the amendments giving a status of a foreign agent to a number of Russian non-profit organisations. The action was held outside the main entrance to the State Duma which plans to pass the amendments at first reading.
YABLOKO activists including Sergei Mitrokhin, party leader, Galina Mikhalyova, YABLOKO Bureau member, and Kirill Gontcharov, leader of Youth YABLOKO, picketed the State Duma entrance in turn with a banner The amendments to the law on non-profit organisations are way to a fascist state.

The goal of this law is to humbling the civil society and pouring mud at it calling it in such a way [foreign agents], rather than tightening the screws that have already been tightened but, said party leader Sergei Mitrokhin. He also added that the initiatives represented a return to the methods of a totalitarian state of the past century and announced that YABLOKO would stand against introduction of such alterations into the law.

Kirill Gontcharov

If such a language is imposed on us, than we can use it and call President Putin, Prime Minister Medvedev, Finance Minister Siluanov and other country top officials foreign agents adopting their decisions in the interests of foreign states, Mitrokhin noted. Such decisions include investment of Russian reserve funds into US securities, giving low-interest credits to the states with offshore Russian businesses and restricting the rise of tobacco excise duties in the interests of foreign tobacco companies.

Sergei Mitrokhin also said that a similar law adopted in the US in the 1930s and referred to by the authors of the amendments into the Russian law constitutes a historic junk already. He also noted that American intellectuals labeled this law and its author, Senator McCarthy, a shameful page in their countrys history.
The targets of the law are obvious they are organisations critisising Putins regime and the police and virtually fascist state which has been formed by present, Galina Mikhalyova said.

Galina Mikhalyova

The police did not interfere with the action although a police colonel asked Sergei Mitrokhin to move aside as more than ten TV cameras and journalists were blocking the way for pedestrians. According to the police colonel, this could be create grounds for administrative liability in accordance with the new law on rallies. One can easily get a RUR 30,000 fine for this now, noted Sergei Mitrokhin.

Today the State Duma will consider at first reading the draft law giving a status of foreign agents to non-profit organisations dealing with politics and financed from abroad. The foreign agent status means special accounting and frequent audits. According to the proposed amendments, provision of unreliable information will entail imposing of fines. Moreover, the Ministry of Justice will get a right to conduct additional audits on citizens requests and publications in the press.

A number of prominent public figures spoke against the law at the round table at the State Duma on July 5. Earlier the law had been declined by the Public Chamber.

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