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Putin promises to review the laws governing “foreign agents” and treason

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Vladimir Putin

President of Russia Vladimir Putin offered to reform the function of the Council on Human Rights. He also agreed to come back to discussing several important laws, including ones governing “foreign agents” and treason.

On Monday, November 12, a new list of Council on Human Rights was approved. 62 individuals were approved, BBC reports.

During the first meeting of CHR, Putin proposed an initiative to create the Council’s Praesidium and have it regularly rotated.

During the meeting, Putin agreed to review a number of resonance laws approved in Russia this year. In particular, the President said that the “formulations can be clarified” for the law that return slander to the Criminal Code.

The review could also concern the Law on Treason, making punishments stricter. “Let’s go back once more and think; there should not be a wider interpretation as what treason is,” – Putin said.

Furthermore, Putin supported the proposal of the members of the council to review the law regarding foreign agents. As reported, the law dictates that non-commercial organization that receive funding from outside would need to register for status of “foreign agents”.

“I believe everything that is not linked to politics should be crossed out from the jurisdiction of this law,” – said the President. He noted that ecologists and human rights defenders have been crossed out from this regulation.

Members of the CHR also asked the President not to rush the approval of the draft law regarding punishments for offending believers – Putin agreed.

In June, 13 notable social activists announced that they are leaving the CHR, refusing to work with Vladimir Putin.


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