New Russian Law a Harbinger of Increased Hostility Towards the West
Since taking office again in 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been shy about the two things that irk him the most: dissension from within and interference from the West. He is attempting to kill two birds with one stone with a law that he just signed that gives state prosecutors the power to eliminate international organizations that are “undesirable.”
Quash and stifle – that seems to be the political driving force for the country over the last three years. As they continue to reemerge as a world power both militarily and financially, they are faced with problems within and from the other world powers to maintain the gains they’ve made. For example, the lowered oil prices that have made most Americans happy are crippling Russia’s economy.
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are against the measure, claiming that it will prevent them from being able to operate properly in the country. It will also pose a threat to any businesses that originate from the West because it gives broad powers to the government, leaving everything obscure and under the interpretation of officials who all report to Putin’s government. The US State Department said that they were “deeply troubled” by the law and the implications it will have on both US/Russia relations and US businesses and organizations that operate in Russia.
Call it what you will, but this is a direct attack against the west. It’s an internalized element that will have global implications and will increase pressure on the United States and Europe to play by Russia’s rules rather than the international laws of trade and finance. Moreover, it will allow Russia to build backdoor agreements with western companies that depend on Russia’s approval, creating a security threat.
In itself, the law can do very little, but it’s another harbinger that the angry and desperate country will do what it will regardless of the effects it has on other countries.
As CNN reports:
The law was passed earlier in the week by both houses of the Russian parliament. It says that a foreign non-governmental organization can be recognized as undesirable if it poses a threat to the constitutional order of the Russian Federation or to the country’s defense and security.