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Isolationist and authoritarian: Putin looking to hang the nongovernmental sector in Russia. Many NGO´s labeled as “foreign agents”.

President Vladimir Putin, is marching with Russia to an authoritarian regime. Photo credit AP

Nongovernmental organizations operating in Russia on grants from abroad could soon be officially branded as “foreign agents.”

Under a new bill submitted to the State Duma by deputies from the ruling United Russia party, the requirement would apply to foreign-funded NGOs deemed to be engaged in political activities.

“I’ve prepared a draft law on introducing amendments to the NGO law. We’ll submit it soon,” Aleksandr Sidyakin, one of the bill’s authors, wrote on Twitter. “Prepare your cash, foreign agents! :)”

Organizations that fail to re-register within 90 days after the law comes into force would be shut down for a period of six months.

If the bill is signed into law, organizations will additionally have to report to authorities every six months with detailed information about their funding.

Those who file incomplete reports face fines of up to 1 million rubles ($30,240). Violations of the new measures would be punishable by prison terms of up to four years. READ MORE HERE