Law of the Week: Law on ‘disrespecting authority’ prompts political commentator Fedor Krasheninnkov to remain abroad.

Week-ending 16 July 2021 On 12 July 2021 prominent columnist from Ekaterinburg, Fedor Krasheninnikov, said he was in Vilnius and intended to remain there for the coming time. Krasheninnikov had…

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Law of the Week: Venice Commission sharply criticises Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation

Week-ending 9 July 2021 On 6 July 2021 the Venice Commission, in an opinion on the so-called 'foreign agent' laws in Russia, recommended that the Russian authorities 'abandon the special…

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Law of the Week: President Putin signs into force a new law further criminalising activities of ‘undesirable’ organisations

Week-ending 2 July 2021 On 28 June 2021 President Putin signed into law a bill further criminalising participation in the activities of 'undesirable' foreign nongovernmental organisations. The bill provides for…

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Law of the Week: Law on ‘undesirable organisations’ – Bard College is now the 34th such organisation.

Week-ending 25 June 2021 This week Bard College in the United States was declared an 'undesirable' organisation under Russian law. On 21 June 2021 the Prosecutor General's Office stated Bard…

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Law of the Week: Duma adopts bill making criminal prosecution for affiliation with ‘undesirable’ organisations easier

Week-ending 18 June 2021 On 16 June 2021 the State Duma approved in a third and final reading the bill facilitating criminalisation of participation in the activities of foreign organisations…

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Law of the Week: State Duma approves bill extending restrictions with regard to ‘undesirable foreign organisations’

Week-ending 11 June 2021 This week on 9 June the State Duma adopted in third reading a bill expanding the scope of legislation on 'undesirable' foreign organisations. Under the bill,…

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Law of the Week: Russia bans non-state-approved educational activities and bars members and supporters of ‘extremist’ organisations from standing in elections

Week-ending 4 June 2021 On 1 June 2021 a law on educational activities and cooperation with foreign academics came into force in Russia giving government authorities to power to permit…

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Law of the Week: Duma passes bill in second reading restricting persons associated with ‘extremist’ organisations from standing in elections

Week-ending 28 May 2021 This week the State Duma approved in second reading a bill to ban supporters and members of organisations designated by the authorities as 'extremist' from standing…

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Law of the Week: Duma adopts three bills restricting participation in public life and toughening existing legislation on ‘undesirable’ organisations.

Week-ending 21 May 2021 On 18 May the State Duma passed three bills that would bar individuals who have supported civil society and religious organizations declared extremist or terrorist from…

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Law of the Week: A bill to ban lawyers recording meetings with clients in prisons

Week-ending 14 May 2021 Members of the State Duma have introduced a bill to ban lawyers from recording meetings with their convicted clients inside prisons. The move has been criticised,…

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