October 9, 2019 / 9:23 AM / 13 days ago

Russia brands Kremlin critic's anti-corruption group "foreign agent" - RIA

MOSCOW, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Russia’s Justice Ministry on Wednesday formally labelled opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption group a “foreign agent”, the RIA news agency reported.

Russian authorities can designate groups it says receive funding from abroad as foreign agents - a term that carries a negative Soviet-era connotation - under a 2012 law that was heavily criticised by Western governments.

Civil society groups designed as foreign agents have to apply for inclusion in a government register, submit regular reports on their sources of funding, on their objectives, on how they spend their money, and who their managers are. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Heavens)

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