Kremlin toughens rules for NGOs

By the Associated Press | June 29, 2012 | 8:08 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin's majority party in parliament says it's planning to submit a bill that would tighten official control over non-government organizations that receive funding from abroad.

The United Russia party said in Friday's statement that the foreign funded NGO participating in political activities will have to register with authorities as "foreign agents" and provide detailed information about their operations.

It said that such NGOs will have to provide a report on their activities every half year and announce their role of foreign agents while making any public statements.

Kremlin critics have criticized the new bill as part of the Kremlin's response to massive opposition protests against President Vladimir Putin's rule. Putin has toughened his line against dissent since winning a third presidential term in March.