Law of the Week: President Putin signs bill potentially enabling him to remain president until 2036

Week-ending 9 April 2021 This week President Putin, who is currently serving his fourth term as president of Russia, signed into force a law that allows him to stand for…

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Law of the Week: State Duma adopts bill making it possible for Vladimir Putin to stand for election as president in 2024 and 2030.

Week-ending 26 March 2021 On 24 March 2021 the State Duma approved in its third and final reading a bill making it possible for President Putin to stand for election…

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Law of the Week: Nearly 200 participants in forum of municipal deputies arrested under ‘undesirable organisations’ law

Week-ending 19 March 2021 In May 2015 Russia adopted a law on ‘undesirable organisations’ allowing the government to ban the activities of foreign or international nongovernmental groups deemed to undermine…

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Law of the Week: Federal Law No. 149-FZ ‘On Information, Information Technology and the Protection of Information’

Week-ending 12 March 2021 On 10 March 2021 Roskomnadzor, the government's media watchdog, issued a statement saying that since 2017 Twitter had failed to delete content deemed by the Russian…

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Law of the Week: Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation restricts freedoms of association and expression

Week-ending 5 March 2021 This week Lev Ponomarev announced that For Human Rights, the civil society organisation he has led since 1997, was closing down because of the new requirements…

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Law of the Week: New laws impose higher fines on proteters, ‘foreign agents’ and social media companies.

Week-ending 26 February 2021 On 24 February 2021 President Putin signed into force laws that increase fines imposed on protesters found guilty of disobeying police officers, on persons and organisations…

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Law of the Week: State Duma passes amendments to ‘foreign agent’ law

Week-ending 19 February 2021 On 16 February 2021 the State Duma approved in final reading a bill that would provide for 'foreign agents' to be fined up to 2,500 rubles…

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Law of the Week: Federal Law No. 129-FZ on ‘undesirable’ foreign organisations

On 30 January 2021 Mikhail Iosilevich, an entrepreneur from Nizhny Novgorod, was the first person to be remanded in custody on charges of violating the law on 'undesirable' foreign organisations,…

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Laws of the Week: January 2021 saw two new laws enter into force that enable government censorship of social media

Week-ending 5 February 2021 As Human Rights Watch has reported, on 10 January 2021 a new law (Federal Law 511-FZ) entered into force, introducing fines of up to 10% of a company’s…

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