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Searches in "Golos" - a Statement of the Human Rights Council

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Searches are being carried out at our colleagues' — human rights activists from "Golos" organization for protection of voters' rights. They are held in a deliberately barbaric way: at 7 o'clock in the morning with the excuse of a water leak the apartment of Grigory Melkonyants, the Executive Director of "Golos" organization, is broken into. Then searches were carried out at Tatiana Troinova's, the Executive Director of the Interregional public Foundation "Golos" and Roman Udot, a member of the "Golos" movement.

Amnesty International: Attack on rights group in Chechnya: Investigate mob violence

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The Russian authorities should take urgent steps to protect human rights defenders working in Chechnya from attacks and harassment, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders said today.

The law on “undesirable NGOs” will exclude any organisation the Russian government doesn’t like. Legal analysis

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The federal law “On introducing amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation” (the law on “undesirable NGOs”) passed its third reading on 19 May and was signed into law by the Russian president on 23 May 2015.

Everything you need to know about Russia’s new legislation against ‘undesirable organizations’

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On May 19, the Russian Duma approved a third and final draft of legislation that criminalizes “undesirable organizations.” If the Federation Council and President endorse the bill, any foreign or international NGO that the government declares “undesirable” will be banned from working in Russia. All an organization’s subsidiaries will be closed, its accounts frozen, and its supervisors and staff can even face civil and criminal penalties. For all Russia’s recent laws in this vein, the “undesirable organizations” bill is still unprecedentedly draconian, and the power it grants authorities to ban NGOs is extrajudicial. Meduza breaks down the most important facets of legislation that is likely to change Russia's NGO landscape dramatically.

Analysts: To the Kremlin, Foreign Meddling a Greater Threat Than Graft

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As far as the Kremlin is concerned, foreign meddling poses a greater threat to the country than corruption does, analysts said Wednesday, responding to the Justice Ministry's recent decision to deem Transparency International's Russian branch (TI-R) as a "foreign agent."

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