The adoption of the amendments to the NGOs law classifying some NGOs that receive funding from abroad as “foreign agents”could have consequences that neither the president nor the NGOs anticipate, namely, development of civil society in the country.
In parallel, thanks largely to the new restrictions, the number of network civil initiatives will grow, such as#OccupyAbay or #DobryLager (#KindCamp). These initiatives will be financed by the crowd-funding method, which is already being used by initiatives supported by Alexei Navalny’s projects. The state would be at a loss about how to cope with such initiatives. You cannot regulate them through legislation. Foreign funds will, over time, learn to work with individuals and will launch micro-grant programs to support the activities of individuals, not NGOs.