Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law, which forbids citizens with unexpunged or outstanding conviction conduction of independent anti-corruption expertise of laws and regulations and their drafts and non-profit organizations – “foreign agents”, as Interfax reports.
“According to the law, the international and foreign organizations lose an opportunity to conduct such expertise. The citizens who were fired because of loss of trust for committing a corruption crime and were included in a respective registry of people dismissed for loss of trust are also not allowed to carry out this expertise,” the message says.
Citizens who work in state authority bodies, local government entities, state corporations, who conduct such expertise themselves, will not have an opportunity to hold it.
In 2017, Russian State Duma people deputies adopted an amendment on the possibility to recognize international media as foreign agents if they are being funded from abroad.