Russia NGO

July 6, 2012 - 4:38 AM
Lyudmila Alexeyeva, human rights activist and Moscow Helsinki Group head speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 5, 2012. Cracking down on NGO activity has been a key political goal of Vladimir Putin, who assumed his third term as President this May. Parliament on Friday will give initial approval to the bill, which would impose harsh accountability regulations on all foreign-funded non-governmental organizations that are involved in political activity. Alexeyeva has already declared that the Moscow Helsinki Group will refuse to have itself registered as a "foreign agent", if the State Duma finally adopts the law.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)