Statement on the results of the meeting of the Russian Public Council for International Cooperation and Public Diplomacy at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation
We, the members of the Russian Public Council for International Cooperation and Public Diplomacy at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, having read the report “Methods and technologies of activities of foreign and Russian research centers and universities that receive funding from foreign sources”, expressing serious concern about the data presented in the report, having discussed and compared methods and technologies of activities of Russian and foreign research institutions that receive foreign funding
– Emphasizing the fundamental importance of the issue of foreign funding of organizations and institutions directly or indirectly involved in political activities on the territory of the Russian Federation;
– Considering all forms of external influence and interference in the internal political structure of the state unacceptable, we insist on the need for a thorough study of the problem, taking into account the current state of affairs, as well as the points of view outlined on this issue;
– urge the legislative bodies of the Russian Federation to carry out a comprehensive review of the issue with a view to making appropriate amendments to the current legislation on non-profit organizations;
– consider it important for the public authorities of the Russian Federation to consider the need to increase funding for humanitarian projects implemented on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Press Service of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation