World Bulletin/News Desk
Russia's ruling United Russia party said on Friday it is preparing a bill that would give special status and responsibilities to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) engaged in politics and funded from abroad.
The party said that the new bill describes such NGOs as "foreign agents" and if it is approved in parliament the NGOs would be put on a special list and required to submit a report on their activity twice a year.
"It is needed to provide the Russian society with necessary instruments of control for the activity of non-commercial organisations funded from foreign sources," United Russia lawmaker Alexander Sidyakin said in a statement.
The move followed the biggest mass protests against President Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule and allegations by many officials including Putin himself that the protest movement was funded from abroad.
"It is obvious that there is the whole network of non-government organisations in Russia which is stirring suspicions about the goals of their employers," Sidyakin said.
United Russia argued that the bill was copied from similar legislation in developed countries. The party holds a majority in the Russian State Duma lower house of parliament and there is little doubt the bill will be approved.
With the political transition complete after the elections, Putin has moved to contain political protest with new legislation allowing for a sharp increase in fines for protesters who violate public order.Last Mod: 30 Haziran 2012, 13:18