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Russia: Drop Provisions to Punish Funding Protests

Expand State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in session in Moscow, Russia on April 19, 2016. © 2016 Reuters (Moscow) – The Russian government is developing a draft law to enable the authorities to freeze the bank accounts of people who donate to or finance protests that are deemed unlawful, Human Rights Watch said today. If adopted, the provisions would further jeopardize freedom of assembly in Russia and could punish people for their democratic support of a variety of causes. The provision is one of several amendments being considered in a bill to prevent and address the financing of…

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