Member of the Public Chamber Yekaterina Kurbangaleyeva shared on her blog her concerns about the notorious bills on foreign agents that the State Duma is going to pass:
Yesterday, during the hearings in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on new draft laws on foreign agents, for a number of reasons, I was unable to speak. I would like to express my position here. During a short discussion with one of the authors of the package of bills, State Duma deputy Vasily Piskarev, the following became clear: the legislators themselves emphasize that their initiatives are AIMED ON NEW REGULATORY SUBJECTS - "unregistered public associations and individuals performing the functions of foreign agents". To my logical question, what are "unregistered public associations": a meeting of residents? gathering dog lovers in the yard? community on VKontakte or, scary to say, on Facebook? parent chat in the messenger? initiative group of voters? - was the answer in the spirit that it has not yet been determined. A general bewilderment: can this be determined first?
In this regard, I would like to voice and propose the following:
By the way, in November the State Duma introduced a bill providing for the labeling "candidate-foreign agent". It will be very interesting to look at this, taking into account the entire pool of bills that have been created here.
I think that it is high time for electoral lawyers and political strategists to be actively involved. And the media need to express their position. How do you plan to enforce the labeling requirement?"