The all-Russian Golos social movement, which monitors elections in Russia and other post-Soviet countries, has been included in the list of “foreign agents”. This means placing the organization under strict state control.
The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on Wednesday added the all-Russian social movement Golos (Voice), which monitors the elections of Russia and other post-Soviet countries, to the list of “foreign agents”. The movement is the first organization to enter the new list of “foreign agents” because, according to the authorities, it is financed by an Armenian citizen.
The movement’s website said that Golos trains election observers, supports the work of the federal hotline and online services, provides voters with legal assistance, and conducts election observation in the former USSR republics. Gołos also claims to be a social movement and not involved in politics.
Russia enters on the list of “foreign agents”
Pursuant to the law adopted in Russia in 2012, organizations receiving funds from abroad and participating in the country’s political life receive the status of “acting as foreign agents” and are subject to strict state control. For non-compliance with such regulations, NGOs and their bosses face high fines and even imprisonment.
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