The U.S. Department of State expressed concern about the new Russian law on undesirable organizations, according to which any non-governmental organization can be defined as a threat to the state. It was stated in the statement of Marie Harf, the official representative of the UState Department, Joinfo.ua reports.
The American representative said that recently adopted law allowed the government to ban the activities of undesirable foreign or international organizations in Russia and invalidated any cooperation with them.
The U.S. Department of State expressed concern about the fact that this would lead to "further restrictions of the activities of civil society in Russia." Marie Harf believes that the law is also aimed "to isolate Russia from the rest of the citizens of the world" and is another example of growing government pressure on independent media, civil society, minorities and political opposition.
According to her statement, The United States "urges the Government of Russia to uphold its international obligations and commitments to respect the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association, and the rule of law."
It should be recalled that yesterday, despite the appeals of the OSCE and international human rights activists, Russian President Vladimir Putin put his signature under the law on undesirable foreign and international organizations in Russia.