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Last week, Russian authorities issued clear instructions on who has the right to invest money in the activities of non-governmental organizations
Simultaneously they adopted a program to educate patriots and set up a state human rights organization, Soprotivleniye (Resistance). In an article in the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta, prominent politicians and political experts discussed whether this means the government machine has finally secured its monopoly in the struggle for power. Dmitry Rogozin, leader of the left-patriotic party Rodina: "All this looks very amusing. First a state party is set up, then state opposition, and eventually a state human rights organization that should protect human rights in a state-like manner. The Russian political life is becoming mechanized. The attempts to control everything and everyone instead of allowing a dialogue of those who think differently, replacing them with those who do not think at all, will push all of the public opinion toward opposition." Gennady Gudkov, member of parliament: "The main trouble is that bureaucratic clans have won a total victory in Russia. A new nomenclature has been formed in the country, which is worse and more cynical than the old one. This nomenclature today fears the loss of its power, so it creates all possible obstacles to any political force that threatens its bureaucratic sovereignty. The president is a hostage of this situation. I think that the state should start financing parties if society is not capable of doing it now." Stanislav Belkovsky, director of the National Strategy Institute: "You can ban financing by foreign human rights advocates. You can set up fictitious human rights organizations. However, this will only worsen the Kremlin's position when everyone understands that it is a bluff, fraud. Everything the Kremlin is chaotically and hysterically doing today in fact works for the interests of its opponents due to the mediocre and incompetent people who today define the major aspects of [Russia's] foreign and domestic policies."
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