Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2021

In Osteuropa 8-9/2021

Discrimination across the Board
Russia’s Law on “Foreign Agents”


Deutsche Fassung


Since 2012, Russia has had legislation on “foreign agents”. This contradicts the Russian constitution and violates international conventions. Contradictory legal provisions, unclear criteria for classification as a “foreign agent”, the constant expansion of lists among non-profit organizations, independent media, and individuals, as well as administrative arbitrariness create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. A decline of civil society, a decrease in transparency and citizen control, and a deterioration in communication between the authorities and society can be observed. This leads to increasingly poor governance.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2021, pp. 241–248)