Ecodefence v Russia: The ECtHR’s stance on Foreign Funding of Civil Society

Author: Florian Kriener
Published: 21.06.2022
On June 14th, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) added its voice to the critics of the Russian Foreign Agents Act with its judgment the Case of Ecodefence and Others v. Russia. Ever since the Act was passed in 2012, it was severely criticized by both Russian civil society and international institutions, including the Venice Commission, the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee against Torture, and the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe. In this line, the ECtHR found a violation of Art. 11 of the European Convention on…