MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Wednesday fined a prominent non-governmental organisation supporting victims of domestic violence for breaching the country’s foreign agents law, its lawyer said.
Nasiliu.net (No To Violence), a group that provides legal and psychological help in domestic violence cases, was added to the justice ministry’s list of “foreign agents” last December.
Russian authorities can label foreign-funded NGOs engaged in political activity “foreign agents.” The term, which carries a negative Soviet-era connotation, subjects NGOs, media outlets and individuals to increased bureaucratic scrutiny.
“It’s practically a fine over the fact the centre did not register itself as a ‘foreign agent’,” Pavel Chikov, a lawyer and rights advocate, quoted Koroteyev as saying.
The country decriminalized some forms of domestic violence in 2017, a move some rights groups said eroded protections for women against abuse.
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