On 11 September 2012 the State Duma approved in the first reading Draft Law No. 109698-6 amending the Administrative Offences Code in relation to the regulation of non-commercial organizations acting as foreign agents.

On 21 November 2012 the provisions relating to the regulation of NGOs acting as foreign agents established by Federal Law No. 121-FZ will enter into force (see our update for 9 – 22 July 2012).

The Draft Law develops the provisions on administrative liability for the breach of the rules provided for in the Law and, among other things, establishes the fines of up to RUB one million if the NGO:

  • Fails to submit to the state authority the information required by the Law, or submits incomplete or distorted information;
  • Acts as a foreign agent but is not listed in the Register of Foreign Agents; and
  • Publishes and distributes information (including through mass media and on the Internet) without stipulating that this information has been prepared by the NGO acting as a foreign agent.

The Draft Law establishes a fine of up to RUB 50,000 for organizing and participating in an NGO activity if such activity has been suspended by the authorized state authority.

The provisions of the Draft Law will apply if adopted by the State Duma in three readings, approved by the Federation Council, signed by the President and officially published.

For further information please contact Igor Ostapets or Irina Dmitrieva in the Moscow office of White & Case, tel + 7 495 787 3000 .