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Some 179 Foreign NGOs Have Re-registered In Russia

MOSCOW. Dec 11 (Interfax) - The branches of 179 foreign NGOs have been re-registered in Russia to comply with the new law on NGOs, the Federal Registration Service reports.

Its website announced on Monday that most of the NGOs are from the United States.

The documents of ten foreign NGOs are being processed, six of them from the United States, two from France, others from Belgium, Hungary, Germany and other countries.

In compliance with the new law, the branches of foreign NGOs were supposed to file documents for re-registration by October 18. The offices of NGOs that have not been re-registered cannot carry out their missions as of October 19 but can exist as legal entities.

Russian NGOs are not required to re-register, but they now have to submit their accounts and statements according to new guidelines.

Meanwhile, Russian human rights activists decided to push for the repeal of the new NGO law at their congress held in Moscow on Sunday, the international day of human rights.

"We decided to demand the repeal of the law. We will do our utmost to have the law revoked. It hinders our activities," head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alexeyeva told Interfax.