Russian court fines Golos NGO under ‘foreign agent’ law

Russian court fines NGO under ‘foreign agent’ law

France 24

Russian human rights advocate Lev Ponomarev (left) and Moscow Helsinki Group president Lyudmila Alexeyeva (right) Human rights advocates wait for the start of the Golos (Voice) trial in a Moscow courthouse, on April 25, 2013. The court slapped a $10,000 (7,700 euros) fine on the election monitor, in the first ruling against NGOs the government considers to be "foreign agents".

Russian human rights advocate Lev Ponomarev (left) and Moscow Helsinki Group president Lyudmila Alexeyeva (right) Human rights advocates wait for the start of the Golos (Voice) trial in a Moscow courthouse, on April 25, 2013. The court slapped a $10,000 (7,700 euros) fine on the election monitor, in the first ruling against NGOs the government considers to be “foreign agents”.

AFP – A Russian court on Thursday slapped a $10,000 (7,700 euros) fine on the election monitor Golos, in the first ruling against NGOs the government considers to be “foreign agents”, Russian news agencies reported.

Golos (Voice), a Moscow-based organisation that monitors Russian elections for violations, received the fine for failing to register as a “foreign agent” as required after the Russian parliament passed a controversial law obliging groups with foreign funding to use the label.