Protesters have acted against Russia’s new laws stating that foreign funded organizations must declare themselves as having interests outside of the state. Wednesday morning saw two graffiti signs on Russian organisations, Memorial and For Human Rights, declaring them ‘Foreign Agents’ which Putin believes may ‘threaten national sovereignty’. This was a pointed retaliation to the law as both organisations have been commended for their work in improving the human rights of the country.
Global speculation suggests that the graffiti is designed to stop acceptance of the law. These forward thinking and positive organisations are obviously not ‘foreign agents’ which has many negative connotations in the fairly mono-cultural country. By signposting these as ‘suspicious’ companies, the activists force people to question just who is a suspicious foreign agent and therefore question the state.
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