×
Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Constitutional Court Receives First NGO Law Challenge

Russia's Constitutional Court has received the first official complaint from a non-governmental organization against the controversial law requiring political NGOs receiving funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents."

Kostroma's Center for supporting community initiatives was fined 300,000 rubles ($9,000) for organizing a roundtable with U.S. diplomats.

Alexander Zamaryanov, the center's executive director, was fined another 100,000 rubles, Kommersant reported.

The center stated that the recent law violates at least five articles of the Constitution.

Lawyer Ramil Akhmetgaliev said the law forced people and organizations to give up their beliefs,adding that it "violates the equality of citizens' rights regardless of their belonging to this or that organization and the right to participate in managing state affairs."

The decision to file the complaint was made by the board of the Kostroma Center after the Sverdlovsk regional court upheld the fines.

According to investigators, the center's April event about relations between the U.S. and Russia counted as "political activity."

The center has since chosen to close and work as a an unregistered public movement.

Human rights activists hope that the court's decision will also explain the term "political activity" because they say almost any NGO may be subject to prosecution given a loose interpretation.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more