The federal law’s provisions introduce the definition of undesirable institutions – foreign and international non-governmental organisations whose activities are deemed to pose a threat to Russia’s security and basic interests and are therefore undesirable on Russia’s territory. This has necessitated amendments to a number of existing laws, including federal laws On Measures Applicable to Individuals Involved in Violating the Basic Human Rights and Civil Liberties of Russian Federation Citizens, On Procedures for Entry and Exit To and From the Russian Federation, the Criminal Code and the Administrative Offences Code.
Under the law’s provisions, foreign or international NGOs that pose a threat to Russia’s constitutional foundations, defence capability or national security, can be recognised as undesirable on Russian soil. The decision to recognise an organisation’s activities as undesirable in Russia is taken by the Prosecutor General or Deputy Prosecutor General in agreement with the federal executive bodies responsible for drafting and implementing state policy and legal regulation in the area of international relations. The same officials are responsible for reversing such decisions.
The law also stipulates criminal and administrative liability in cases where foreign or international NGOs that have been recognised as undesirable in Russia carry out activity on Russian territory.