European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the listings under the Russian law on "undesirable organisations"

 

The decision on 1 December by the Russian Ministry of Justice to list the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation as "undesirable organisations" along with the National Endowment for Democracy, which was listed in July, is a further restriction to the space for civil society in Russia.

Since the adoption of this legislation, the EU has been calling on the Russian authorities not to proceed with its implementation. We call on Russia to respect its international commitments and obligations and guarantee the exercise of fundamental freedoms in the country.