|Servants of the Last Testament Church hold a procession to the Abode of Dawn|
near Petropavlovka village, Krasnoyarsk Territory. (Reuters/Grigoriy Sisoev)
The Justice Ministry that has drafted the bill, noted in an explanations that its main objective was to timely uncover the religious groups’ involvement in terrorist and extremist activities as well as other facts of violation of the Russian law.
The draft orders that religious organizations that get money or other property from foreign and international groups, foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, should file in detailed reports about their activities and personal information about their leaders. Regional branches of the Justice ministry are charged with the task to oversee the process.
The bill will be considered at one of the nearest government sessions and then submitted to the parliament.
|MPs suggest restricting activities of 'undesirable foreign groups' in Russia|
Russian officials, including President Putin, replied that the law contained no sanctions against foreign-funded organizations and only sought to inform the Russian public better, and especially voters, of the possible motives of various participants in the political process.
And if you believe that, I still have that tropical island off the coast of Labrador for sale. There is always a hidden agenda in anything President Putin does.
In late 2014 the State Duma passed a bill that makes it illegal for Russian political parties to receive sponsorship, or enter any business deals with NGOs with “foreign agent” status.