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NGO Act Makes Russia Confront West

InternationalDuma, a subset of the Russian parliament, passes a polemical motion that regulates the function of non-governmental organizations. The motion is expected to provoke angry reaction from the international community at the implementation stage.

The opposition parties as well as the human rights organizations accuse Kremlin of taking back the rights and freedoms that were granted to the Russian people during the Boris Yeltsin period. The motion is meant to hamper the NGOs in Russia that are normally supported by foreign institutions, and thus to “stop the current situation from growing into a velvet revolution”. The Freedom House, an institution based in the United States (US), known for its intervention in the velvet revolutions, was not late to react to the motion. The institution pressed the G8 and the Council of Europe for revoking this motion. The motion will be put in force when Russian president Vladimir Putin and the upper wing of the parliament approve it. If the motion is practiced in a strict way, enormous problems are very likely to emerge soon, said the monitors. There is also, on the other hand, a different view suggesting that if the State is no longer directed by outside financers, the NGOs will not have serious problems.

The motion is backed by the Russian president to put both domestic and foreign NGOs under official control once again and to check them strictly for their financial conditions. There is strong emphasis from the administration that there will definitely be a strict policy of preventing the kind of NGOs supported by foreign origins from attempting to direct the Russian politics. For this reason, the Russian administration has put a set of measures into action to hinder “the soft revolutions” from taking place in Russia. Such revolutions were backed by western administrations in some former soviet republics. George Soros, a famous speculator, allegedly financed the Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan revolutions. Many countries closed down the organizations one after another that stuck to the “open society” project advocated by Soros. The Human Rights organizations are concerned with Kremlin circumscribing the freedoms more by using this motion.

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