The RUSSIAN government decided to prohibit NGOs – “foreign agents” from engaging in educational activities

The government has prepared a draft decree regulating educational activities. The very concept of “educational activity” and the need for its control by the state are enshrined in the law, which was signed by the President of the Russian Federation in early April.

Now the government has developed the rules by which such activities should be carried out.

Educational activities are carried out on the basis of agreements on the provision of services concluded by the subjects of educational activities with organizations engaged in educational, scientific and cultural activities.

The draft resolution lists the directions in which educational activities are carried out. Among them, for example, “the dissemination of the spiritual and moral values ​​of the peoples of the Russian Federation, historical and national-cultural traditions” and “the dissemination of knowledge about the forms and methods of generating innovative approaches that direct the consciousness of people to the creation of new innovative socially significant products, discoveries, non-standard solutions and etc. “.

Among the forms of carrying out such activities are indicated “organizing presentations, lectures” and “conducting seminars, master classes, round tables, discussions.”

Individuals, it follows from the draft government decree, in order to be admitted to engaging in educational activities, will have to, among other things, meet this criterion – “take part in the implementation of socially significant initiatives and (or) for at least 2 years, carry out activities, corresponding to the directions of educational activities “.

Legal entities will not be able to engage in educational activities if they are included in the register of non-profit organizations – “foreign agents”, as well as if they have tax arrears.

The amendments of the educational activities  were  representatives of the scientific community and popularizing science. The corresponding petition on the Change.org website gained  almost 248 thousand signatures in three months  .

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko, in response to criticism of the amendments,  said that “they can be interpreted in different ways and very broadly.” “The salt is in how the regulations will set all the accents,” she said at a meeting of the Federation Council on March 31, when the law was approved.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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