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Russia: End ‘smear campaign’ against NGOs

Headline Title:  Russia: End ‘smear campaign’ against NGOs 13 July 2012 The Russian authorities must overturn a draft bill which severely restricts the independence of all non-governmental organisations, Amnesty International said as the Russian parliament approved the bill in the third hearing.If signed off by President Putin – expected to be a formality - the law, will place a significant financial and administrative burden on Russian NGOs (Non-government organisations) receiving funding from overseas when it comes into force in four months.Failure to register as organizations “performing…

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