The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation has recognized the Free Russia Forum as an “undesirable” organization, according to the agency’s website.
The reason for including this organization in the register of “undesirables” in the Prosecutor General’s Office was its activity, which, according to the department, “poses a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation.”
Earlier, the State Duma commission to investigate the facts of interference of foreign states in the internal affairs of Russia proposed to recognize as “undesirable” and extremist the work of 30 foreign organizations from 16 “unfriendly” countries. Among the organizations listed was the Free Russia Forum.
Free Russia Forum is a conference of representatives of the Russian opposition, which takes place in Vilnius twice a year. The founders of the organization were the Russian oppositionists Garry Kasparov and Ivan Tyutrin. Both were declared “foreign agents” in the Russian Federation. The first “Free Russia Forum” was held in 2016 in Vilnius.
The Prosecutor General’s Office can assign the status of “undesirable organization” to any foreign or international non-governmental organization. Responsibility is provided for participation and cooperation with “undesirable organizations”.
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