Russia Bans 'Foreign Agents' from Political Office, Further Restricting Dissent

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Russia Bans Individuals Labeled as 'Foreign Agents' from Political Office

In a move that further restricts the activities of individuals and organizations deemed to be under foreign influence, Russian lawmakers have passed a bill prohibiting those labeled as "foreign agents" from seeking any political office in the country. This legislation effectively bars anyone working for NGOs or media companies receiving funds from abroad from participating in the election process.

The bill, which has already been passed by the lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, must now be signed by President Vladimir Putin to become law. It represents a significant expansion of existing restrictions on foreign agents, which were first introduced in 2012. While the original law did not ban foreign agents from operating in Russia, it required them to disclose their status and subjected them to additional scrutiny.

The new amendments go further, requiring anyone wishing to participate in elections to relinquish their "foreign agent" status. If a registered candidate is found to be a foreign agent, their candidacy can be canceled by a court. Additionally, individuals holding political office can be stripped of their positions if designated as foreign agents, although they are granted a 180-day grace period to comply.

Proponents of the legislation, such as State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, have defended it as "humane, democratic, and liberal," arguing that individuals labeled as foreign agents have the option of removing the designation by severing ties with foreign funding and re-entering the electoral process. However, critics view the law as a further attempt to stifle dissent and limit the influence of independent voices in Russia's political landscape.

This latest development comes amidst a broader crackdown on foreign influence in Russia, which has seen the closure of numerous NGOs and media outlets deemed to be operating under foreign control. The government has justified these measures as necessary to protect national security and prevent foreign interference in domestic affairs. However, critics argue that the measures are being used to silence opposition voices and consolidate the government's grip on power.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09