Russia

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In 2012, authorities in Russia introduced the so-called “Foreign Agent Law.” According to the law, NGOs must declare themselves “foreign agents” if they engage in political activities and receive finance from abroad. RAIPON (Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East—the main indigenous umbrella organization) had its operations suspended for three months by the Ministry of Justice in 2012. The Ministry referred to non-compliance of the organization’s rules with the new legislation. In 2014, two indigenous defenders were prevented from travelling from Russia to New York to take part in the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and attempts were made to prevent two others.