A measure imposing new restrictions on nonprofit groups in Russia that receive money from abroad—including a requirement that they register with the government as “foreign agents”—was overwhelmingly approved Friday by Russian legislators, The New York Times reports.
The bill, backed by the ruling United Russia party, is expected to quickly win final approval following the 374-3 vote in the Duma, the lower house of the country’s parliament.
The measure would also impose tougher reporting requirements on nonprofit organizations, which characterize the bill as part of government crackdown on dissent. Since Vladimir Putin inauguration in May to a third presidential term, the Duma has passed legislation to step up government oversight of the Internet and increase penalties for taking part in unsanctioned demonstrations.
Backers of the new law on nonprofits contend donations by foreign governments and private donors constitutes meddling in Russian affairs. Some rights and advocacy groups said they would curtail fundraising from abroad rather than comply with the “foreign agent” requirement.