23. Dezember 2005

New Russian Legislation on NGOs

This Post gives some links about the recent Duma decisions on the new Russian NGO law.

Peter Lavelle, an US think tank, comments on the 2nd reading on the law, referring especially on certain amendments in comparsion to initial bill version

In another comment Lavelle observes the controversial debate on that law http://www.untimely-thoughts.com/index.html?art=2076

Bellona, a Norwegian environment foundation, also looks upon the 2nd reading on, with focus on foreign NGOs and the registration process for Russian NGOs http://www.bellona.no/en/international/russia/envirorights/info_access/41344.html

In another article Bellona stresses the so far mostly unnoticed point, that by the new law foreign and international organizations cannot longer operate in the so-called "closed cities" in Russia (which are a dark heritage of the former Soviet nuclear activities, mostly with high contaminations in their surroundings) http://www.bellona.no/en/international/russia/envirorights/info_access/41357.html

In his "Russia´s NGOs: It´s not so simple" in the IHT Nikolas Gvosdev looks on Russian NGOs with a considerably critical eye http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/08/opinion/edgvosdev.php

In an intense deeper going analysis Human Rights Watch critizices the law right from the legislative beginning http://hrw.org/backgrounder/eca/russia1105/

A profound legal analysis of the new law is done by EurActive, an independent media portal dedicated to EU affairs http://www.euractiv.com/Article?tcmuri=tcm:29-150717-16&type=News

The "International Center for Not-For-Profit Law" deals with the law on its initial draft status with links to the Russian and English texthttp://

Also from "International Center for Not-For-Profit Law" comes a lenghty analysis http://www.icnl.org/PRESS/Articles/2005/20051111.htm

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