Graduates of foreign religious schools will also have to study in Russia-draft law

Graduates of foreign religious schools will also have to study in Russia-draft law
*** You will not be able to use information about faith in the names of legal entities that are not related to religion
Moscow. July 21. INTERFAX-a government draft law on improving the legal regulation of religious associations was submitted to the state Duma on Tuesday.
The draft law proposes to reduce the list of documents submitted for state registration of religious organizations, as well as to impose on the Ministry of justice the obligation to request copies of the founder's charters necessary for registration.
It also provides for the right of spiritual educational organizations to conduct certification of clergy and employees who make up the religious staff who have received spiritual education in foreign educational organizations.
Priests and staff of religious organizations who have received spiritual education abroad must receive additional professional education in religious educational organizations in Russia before starting their religious or teaching activities in the Russian Federation, the draft law provides.
The changes will prevent the participation in the activities of religious organizations of clergymen who received religious education abroad and spread religious and extremist ideology, the explanatory note notes.
The draft law proposes to prohibit foreigners or stateless persons whose stay in the Russian Federation is considered undesirable from being leaders or members of religious groups. The same applies to persons associated with the financing of terrorism.
Religious groups will be required to submit notices to the territorial authority of the Ministry of justice to continue their activities at least once a year (currently valid at least once every three years). This is due to the instability of the composition of participants in a religious group, which creates difficulties in identifying religious groups that have previously submitted notifications about the beginning or continuation of their activities, the Cabinet of Ministers explained.
The figures presented in the explanatory note clearly demonstrate the situation.
For example, since July 2015, when the Ministry of justice of Russia was given the authority to receive notifications about the beginning of religious groups, its territorial bodies have received more than 3120 such notifications. At the end of the three-year period from the date of notification, about 560 religious groups did not report continuing their activities, and there were difficulties in identifying more than 800 religious groups that had notified of continuing their activities.
In addition, the bill proposes measures "to prevent attempts by radical religious figures to establish control over local religious organizations with the subsequent withdrawal of the latter from their membership, which is currently typical, primarily for Muslim religious organizations."
Thus, the draft law provides for the right of centralized religious organizations to establish in their charters a ban on the withdrawal or exclusion of religious organizations from the centralized religious organization that they are part of.
The bill also provides that information about religion can be contained in the names of legal entities whose founders (participants) are religious organizations. Other legal entities may not include information about their religion in their names.
Legal entities whose names contain information about their religion must bring their names into compliance with these requirements by January 1, 2021.
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