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Russia Update: June 22, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Three Russian Organizations Declared 'Foreign Agents' Fined $5500 Each
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Three organizations declared "foreign agents" recently have been fined 300,000 rubles each ($5,562) as a penalty.

Dynasty Foundation, headed by scientist and businessman Dmitry Yasin, was declared a foreign agent last month, along with an associated organization, Liberal Mission, and was fined 300,000 rubles. There are now at least 67 such organizations listed as "foreign agents" on the Ministry of Justice's website; some have been forced to close.

The Tverskoy Court issued the ruling to fine the foundation under the law on organizations, which was amended in 2011 to compel any organization deemed to be engaged in unspecified "political activities" that received funding from abroad had to be registered and submit to further scrutiny.

Liberal Mission, headed by Yevgeny Yasin, which was funded by Dynasty Foundation, was also fined 300,000 rubles, although their grant was from Zimin's own funds made from his telecommunications business in Russia, with international offices, not any foreign entity.

Yasin said he received two installments of a grant from Dynasty in rubles from an account in the Bahamas but that it was from Zimin's own money.

Dront, an environmental group in Nizhny Novgorod was also fined 300,000 for failing to perform the extra reporting needed for "foreign agents". Dront objected that they had not received any funding from abroad for more than a year.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick