UCSJ: OPERATIONS OF MOST NGO PROJECTS IN RUSSIA FROZEN
- OPERATIONS OF MOST NGO PROJECTS IN RUSSIA FROZEN.
Many human rights and humanitarian projects are being frozen as a result
of the suspension of the operations of a number of foreign
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia, Lyudmila Alekseyeva,
head of Moscow Helsinki Group, told Interfax on November 1. “About 100
out of 500 organizations have been re-registered,” she said. “The
problem is that the rest of the organizations suspended their
operations.” Human rights activists report that dozens of subsidiaries
of foreign NGOs refused to go through re-registration, because they
found the procedure too complex, Alekseyeva added.
The Human Rights Watch office in Moscow and the Amnesty International
resource center have not been re-registered as yet, according to
Interfax. However, branches of the international organization Doctors
Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) were re-registered.
Dutch, Belgian, and French branch offices of the MSF operate in Russia.
The Moscow office of the Danish Refugee Council, a large humanitarian
organization working in the North Caucasus, has also been re-registered
and now operates normally.
The Federal Registration Service told Interfax that as of October 27,
131 branch offices of foreign NGOs were re-registered, while documents
of 57 NGOs have been checked and processed, and documents of 22 NGOs
were returned for re-working.
Volume 6, Number 38
Friday, November 3, 2006
A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe
Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union