On Freedom Of Conscience And Religious Associations Act

Original Language Title: О свободе совести и о религиозных объединениях

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RUSSIAN FEDERATION federal law on freedom of conscience and religious associations Act passed by the State Duma September 19, 1997 year approved by the Federation Council September 24, 1997 onwards (as amended by the federal laws from 26.03.2000 N 45-FZ;
from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ; from 25.07.2002 N 112-FZ;
from 08.12.2003. N 169-FZ; from 06/29/2004 N 58-FZ;
from 06.07.2006 N 104-FZ; from 28.02.2008 N 14-FZ;
from 23.07.2008 N 160-FZ; from a 30.11.2010 N 328-FZ;
from 01.07.2011 N 169-FZ; from 07.06.2013 N 119-FZ;
from 02.07.2013 N 180-FZ; from 02.07.2013 N 185-FZ;
from 22.10.2014 N 316-FZ; by 31.12.2014 N 505-FZ;
from 06.04.2015 N 80-FZ; from 20.04.2015 N 103-FZ;
from 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ; from 28.11.2015 N 341-FZ) of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, reaffirming the right of everyone to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, as well as equality before the law irrespective of their attitude to religion and belief, based on the fact that the Russian Federation is a secular State, recognizing the special role of orthodoxy in the history of Russia, in the formation and development of its spirituality and culture, respecting Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and other religions constituting an integral part of the historical heritage of the peoples of Russia, considering it important to promote mutual understanding, tolerance and respect in matters relating to freedom of conscience and freedom of worship, accepts the present Federal law.
Chapter i. General provisions article 1. Subject of this Federal Act this federal law regulates the legal relations in the field of the rights of man and of the citizen to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, as well as the legal status of religious communities, including especially their civil-law provisions. (As amended by the Federal law of 06.04.2015 N 80-FZ), Article 2. Legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations 1. Legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations consists of the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, of this federal law, taken in accordance with them other normative legal acts of the Russian Federation, as well as regulatory legal acts of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.
2. the rights of man and of the citizen to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion are regulated by federal law. Laws and other regulatory legal acts adopted in the Russian Federation and affecting the realization of the right to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, as well as the activities of religious associations must comply with the present Federal law. In case of contradiction between the present Federal law normative legal acts of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation on protection of the right to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion and on the activities of religious associations, operates the present Federal law.
3. Nothing in the legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations should not be construed as to interfere or infringement of the rights of man and of the citizen to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation or deriving from international treaties of the Russian Federation.
Article 3. The right to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion 1. In the Russian Federation shall be guaranteed freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, including the right to profess, individually or jointly with others, any religion or to profess no religion, worship, other religious rites and ceremonies, and to carry out training of religion and religious education, freely to choose and change, possess and disseminate religious and other convictions and act in accordance with them, including creating religious associations. (As amended by the Federal law of 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ) foreign nationals and stateless persons lawfully residing on the territory of the Russian Federation enjoy the right to freedom of conscience and freedom of creed on an equal footing with citizens of the Russian Federation and federal laws installed bear responsibility for violation of legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations.
2. the right of man and of the citizen to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion may be restricted by federal law only to the extent necessary in order to protect the foundations of the constitutional system, morality, health, rights and lawful interests of a person and citizen ensuring the defence of the country and the security of the State.
3. determination of benefits, limitations or other forms of discrimination, depending on their attitude to religion is not allowed.
4. Citizens of the Russian Federation shall be equal before the law in all fields of civil, political, economic, social and cultural life irrespective of their attitude to religion or religious affiliation. A citizen of the Russian Federation if his beliefs or religion contrary to military service, has the right to substitute an alternative civilian service. (As amended by the Federal law dated 07/06/2006, no. 104-FZ)

5. No one shall be obliged to report about his attitude towards religion and cannot be subjected to coercion in determining their attitude to religion, to practise or refrain from practising a religion, to participate or not to participate in religious services and other religious rites and ceremonies, in the activities of religious associations, in religious instruction. Prohibits the involvement of minors in religious associations, as well as training young religion against their will and without the consent of their parents or persons acting in their stead.
6. Obstruction of the right to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, including those involving violence against the person, with a deliberate affront to the feelings of citizens because of their attitude to religion, from propagation of religious supremacy, with the destruction of or damage to property or the threat of such acts are prohibited and punishable under federal law. The holding of public events, placing of texts and images that offend the religious feelings of citizens, near objects of religious veneration is prohibited.
7. The mystery of confession shall be protected by law. A priest cannot be prosecuted for refusing to testify on circumstances which become known to him in confession.
Article 4. State and religious associations 1. The Russian Federation is a secular State. No religion may be established as a State or as an obligatory ideology. Religious organizations are separate from the State and equal before the law.
2. In accordance with the constitutional principle of separation of religious organizations from the State of the State: does not interfere in the definition of a citizen of his or her attitude to religion and religion, in the raising of children by parents or persons substituting them, in conformity with their own convictions and the right of the child to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion;
does not impose on religious associations carrying out functions of State authorities, other government agencies, State agencies and local governments;
does not interfere in the activities of religious associations, if it does not contradict this federal law;
provides the secular nature of education in State and municipal educational establishments.
3. the State regulates the provision of religious organizations tax and other benefits, provides financial, material and other assistance to religious organizations in the restoration, maintenance and preservation of buildings and sites that are monuments of history and culture, as well as the teaching of general educational disciplines in educational organizations, religious organizations established in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation on education. (As amended by the Federal law of 02.07.2013 N 185-FZ)
4. the activities of the organs of State power and bodies of local self-government is not accompanied by public religious rites and ceremonies. Officials of State bodies, other State bodies and local self-government, as well as members of the armed forces shall not use their Office for the formation of one or another religion.
5. In accordance with the constitutional principle of separation of religious organizations from the State religious association: creates and carries out its activities in accordance with its own hierarchical and institutional structure, selects, appoints and replaces its staff in accordance with the relevant terms and conditions and in the manner provided for by its internal regulations; (As amended by the Federal law of 07.06.2013 N 119-FZ) does not perform functions of public authorities, other government agencies, State agencies and local governments;
does not participate in the elections to bodies of State power and bodies of local self-government;
does not participate in the activities of political parties and political movements, does not provide them with material and other assistance.
6. the separation of religious organizations from the State does not entail restrictions on the rights of the members of these associations to participate on an equal footing with other citizens in the management of State Affairs, elections to State bodies and local government bodies, political parties, political movements and other public associations.
7. At the request of religious organizations, relevant public authorities in the Russian Federation shall have the right to declare religious holidays (holiday) or nonworking days in the relevant territories.
Article 5. Religious education 1. Everyone has the right to receive religious education of their choice individually or jointly with others.
2. The upbringing and education of children by parents or persons substituting them, subject to the right of the child to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.
3. religious organizations are entitled, in accordance with its statutes and with the legislation of the Russian Federation to establish educational organization. (As amended by the Federal law of 02.07.2013 N 185-FZ)

4. At the written request of their parents or persons in loco parentis, and with the consent of the children enrolled in State or municipal educational organizations, these educational institutions on the basis of the decisions of the collective management body of an educational organisation in agreement with the founders of a religious organization could provide an opportunity to teach children religion outside the framework of the educational program. (As amended by the Federal law of 02.07.2013 N 185-FZ)
5. Religious associations have the right to carry out training of religion and religious education of their followers in the manner prescribed by the legislation of the Russian Federation, in the forms determined by the internal regulations of religious associations. Teaching of religion and religious education are not educational activities. (Para supplemented by federal law from 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ), chap. II. RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATIONS, Article 6. Religious associations 1. Religious association in the Russian Federation recognizes the voluntary association of citizens of the Russian Federation, other persons permanently and lawfully residing on the territory of the Russian Federation, formed in order to profess and spreading the faith and position this objective signs: religion;
Commission of worship, religious rites and ceremonies;
teaching of religion and religious education of their followers.
2. Religious communities may be created in the form of religious groups and religious organizations.
3. The establishment of religious associations in State authorities, other public bodies, public institutions and local government bodies, military units, governmental and municipal organizations is prohibited.
4. Prohibits the establishment and activities of religious associations whose aims and actions are against the law.
Article 7. Religious group 1. Religious group in the present Federal law recognizes the voluntary association of citizens formed to jointly confession and spreading the faith, functioning without State registration and the acquisition of legal capacity of a legal entity. The religious group is composed of citizens of the Russian Federation, and they can also include other persons permanently and lawfully resident in the territory of the Russian Federation. Premises and necessary for the activities of religious groups use property group. (As amended by the Federal law of 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ)
2. Head (representative) of a religious group or steering body (Center) a centralized religious organization if a religious group included in its structure, in writing notify the early activities of the religious group authority empowered to take a decision on the State registration of religious organizations, the implementation of the activities of religious groups.
In the notification of the beginning of the activity of religious groups to specify details about the fundamentals of religion, places of worship and other religious rites and ceremonies, leader (representative), citizens, members of the religious group, indicating their names, names, patronymic, address of residence. Notice of the initiation of the activities of religious groups shall be drawn up on a form approved by the authority competent to take a decision on the State registration of religious organizations.
Religious group represents a continued notice of its activities at least once every three years from the date of the last notification body empowered to take a decision on the State registration of religious organizations.
(Paragraph as amended by federal law from 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ)
3. religious groups have the right to worship, religious rites and ceremonies, as well as to teaching religion and religious education of their followers.
Article 8. Religious organization 1. Religious organization recognized by the voluntary association of citizens of the Russian Federation, other persons permanently and lawfully residing on the territory of the Russian Federation, formed in order to profess and propagation of the faith and in a manner prescribed by law registered as a legal entity. The participation of the founders and other legal or physical entities in the activities of religious organizations shall be as designated by the statutes and (or) the internal regulations of religious organizations. Founder (founders) religious organization may perform the functions of the authority of the religious organization or members of a collegial body of religious organizations in the manner prescribed by the statutes and the internal regulations of the religious organization. (As amended by the Federal law of 06.04.2015 N 80-FZ)
2. religious organizations depending on the territorial scope of its activities is divided into local and centralized.

3. Local religious organization recognized religious organization, consisting of not fewer than ten participants under the age of eighteen years of age and residing permanently in one location or in one urban or rural settlement.
4. The centralised religious organization recognized religious organization in accordance with its Statute of not fewer than three local religious organizations.
5. Centralized religious organization, structure, which acted on the territory of the Russian Federation legally for at least fifty years old at the time of the specified religious organization, a statement of State registration is entitled to use the word in their names "Russia", "Russian" and derive from them. (As amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ)
6. Religious Organization recognized by the establishment or organization created a centralized religious organization in accordance with its Charter, with the aim and the signs provided for under paragraph 1 of article 6 hereof, including the Steering or coordinating body or institution, as well as spiritual educational organization. (As amended by the Federal law of 02.07.2013 N 185-FZ)
7. Public authorities in matters affecting the activities of religious organizations in society, take into account the territorial scope of the activities of religious organizations and provide relevant religious organizations to participate in the consideration of these issues.
8. the name of the religious organization must contain information about her religion. The religious organization must state their full name when implementing activities.
8-1. The procedure for the formation of bodies of religious organizations and their competence to proceed to take decisions in these bodies, as well as the relationship between the religious organization and persons forming part of its bodies shall be as designated by the statutes and the internal regulations of the religious organization. (Para supplemented by federal law from 06.04.2015 N 80-FZ)
9. religious organization is obliged to inform the authority empowered to take a decision on the State registration of religious organizations, the information referred to in paragraph 1 of article 5 of the Federal law dated August 8, 2001 N 129-ФЗ "about the State registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs" (hereinafter referred to as the Federal law "on State registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs"), except for the information on the licenses within three days from the date of such change. The decision to send the relevant documents to the authorized in accordance with article 2 of the Federal law "on State registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs" Federal Executive Agency (hereinafter referred to as the authorized registration authority) was adopted in the same manner and at the same time as the decision on the State registration of religious organizations. (As amended by the Federal law of 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ) Repeated failure to provide religious organization within the prescribed period, the updated information required for changes in the uniform State Register of legal entities, is the basis for the treatment of the body that is competent to take a decision on the State registration of religious organizations, a court with a demand for recognition of this organization ceased its activities as a legal person and to be removed from the unified State Register of legal persons. (As amended by the Federal law of 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ)
(Repealed-federal law 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ) Information on local religious organizations may be submitted in the manner prescribed by this paragraph, the appropriate centralized religious organization. (Editorial, March 21, 2002 Federal Law No. 31-FZ) 10. With regard to religious organizations of the provisions of paragraph 5 of article 50 and article 53-1 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation shall not apply. (Para supplemented by federal law from 06.04.2015 N 80-FZ) Article 9. The establishment of religious organizations 1. The founders of local religious organizations may not be less than ten citizens of the Russian Federation, under the age of eighteen years of age and residing permanently in one location or in one urban or rural settlement. (As amended by the Federal law of 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ)
2. centralized religious organization formed in the presence of at least three local religious organizations one religion in accordance with their own statutes of religious organizations, if the establishment does not contravene the law.
3. May not be the founder (party member) religious organization: a foreign citizen or stateless person in respect of whom the order established by the legislation of Russian Federation decided on the undesirability of their stay (stay) in the Russian Federation;

a person included in the list in accordance with paragraph 2 of article 6 of the Federal law dated August 7, 2001 N 115-FZ "on counteracting the legalization (laundering) of proceeds received by criminal way and terrorism financing";
religious organization whose activity is suspended in accordance with article 10 of the Federal law dated July 25, 2002 N 114-FZ "on counteracting extremist activities" (hereinafter referred to as the Federal law "on counteracting extremist activities"); (As amended by the Federal law of 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ) a person against whom an enforceable court decision found that his actions contain signs of extremist activity.
(Para supplemented by federal law from 02.07.2013 N 180-FZ)
4. a person who previously was Manager or included on the Steering Body a public or religious association or other organization, in respect of which on the grounds provided by the Federal law "on counteracting extremist activities" or the Federal law of March 6, 2006 year N 35-FZ "on counteracting terrorism", the Court adopted a decision entered into legal force on the elimination or prohibition of activities may not create religious organization within ten years from the date of entry into force of a court decision. (Para supplemented by federal law from 31.12.2014 g. N 505-FZ) (as amended by the Federal law of 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ) 5. In the decision on the establishment of a religious organization shall provide information on the establishment of a religious organization, approval of its Charter, the election (appointment) of a religious organization. (Para supplemented by federal law from 06.04.2015 N 80-FZ), Article 10. Religious organization's Charter 1. Religious organization operates on the basis of the Charter, which affirms its founders or centralized religious organization and must meet the requirements of the civil legislation of the Russian Federation.
2. the Charter of a religious organization must contain: name, location, type of religious organization, religion, and in the case of affiliation with an existing centralized religious organization its name;
goals, objectives and major activities;
the procedure for the establishment and cessation of activities;
the structure of the organisation, its management bodies, their formation and competence;
sources of education funds and other assets of the Organization;
procedure for introducing amendments and additions to the Charter;
order of disposition of property in the event of termination of activities;
other information related to the peculiarities of this religious organization.
Article 11. State registration of religious organizations 1. Religious organizations are subject to state registration in accordance with the Federal law "on State registration of legal entities" in accordance with this federal law established special order of State registration of religious organizations.
The decision on the State registration of religious organizations was adopted by the federal body of the State or its territorial authority. Entering into the unified State Register of legal entities of information on establishment, reorganization and liquidation of religious organizations, as well as other information provided by federal laws is carried out by the authorized registration authority based on accepted federal body of registration by the State or its territorial authority of the appropriate State registration. When the order of interaction between federal State registration body and its territorial bodies authorized by the registration authority on State registration of religious organizations shall be determined by the federal body of State registration in consultation with the authorized registration authority. (As amended by the federal laws on 29.06.2004 N 58-FZ; 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ)

(Editorial, March 21, 2002 Federal Law No. 31-FZ)
2. the decision on the State registration of local religious organizations, as well as a centralized religious organization with local religious organizations on the territory of one subject of the Russian Federation was adopted by the territorial body of the federal body of State registration in the relevant constituent entities of the Russian Federation. (As amended by the federal laws from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ; from 29.06.2004 N 58-FZ)
3. federal body of registration by the State makes a decision on the State registration of the centralised religious organization with local religious organizations in the territories of two or more constituent entities of the Russian Federation. (As amended by the federal laws from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ; from 06/29/2004 N 58-FZ) 4. The decision on the State registration of religious organizations, religious organizations, the Central formed in accordance with paragraph 6 of article 8 of this federal law shall be adopted by the authority, to adopt a decision on the State registration of the corresponding religious organization. (As amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ)

5. For State registration of local religious organization founders represent the respective territorial Office of the Federal State registration body: (as amended by the federal laws from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ; from 29.06.2004 N 58-FZ) a request for registration;
list of persons who form religious organization, nationality, place of residence, date of birth;
Charter of the religious organization;
the minutes of the founding meeting;
document confirming the occurrence of a local religious organization in structure centralized religious organization of the same religion, issued by a governing body (Center) a centralized religious organization if the local religious organization is part of a centralized religious organization; (As amended by the Federal law of 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ) basics of faith and its practice, including the history of religion and the Association, on the forms and methods of its activities concerning family and marriage, education, attitude to religion, the followers health restrictions for members and Ministers of the Organization in respect of their civil rights and responsibilities;
document confirming location (legal address) created by the religious organization;
document on payment of the State fee. (The paragraph is supplemented by federal law from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ) (Repealed-federal law 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ)
6. If the parent governing body (Center) formed a religious organization is located outside of the Russian Federation, in addition to those referred to in paragraph 5 of this article, in accordance with the established order appears to be the Charter or other founding document of foreign religious organizations, which attested to the public authority of the State of location of the organization.
7. The grounds for the State registration of centralized religious organizations, as well as religious organizations formed centralized religious organizations are: application for registration;
list of founders of religious organizations;
the statute created a religious organization approved by its founder (founders);
information about the address (location) of the permanent governing body created by the religious organization for communications with religious organization; (As amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ) notarially certified copy of the Charter and a document of State registration of the founder (founders); (As amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ) of the relevant decision of the competent body of the founder (founders); (As amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ) document on payment of the State fee. (New paragraph eighth supplemented by federal law from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ) when creating a centralized religious organization founder (founders) is also the statutes no less than three local religious organizations within its structure, and other information included in the specified structure of religious organizations.
If the founder (founders) does not have before it a document on the State registration of the founder (founders), the territorial body of the federal body of State registration alone asks for this information to the federal body of executive power that ensures the State registration of legal entities and physical persons as individual entrepreneurs and peasant (individual) farms. (The paragraph is supplemented by federal law from 01.07.2011 N 169-FZ)
8. Application for State registration of religious organizations, created a centralized religious organization or on the basis of confirmation issued by the centralised religious organization shall be considered within one month from the date of submission of all documents provided herein. In other cases, the body takes a decision on the State registration of religious organizations, to extend the period of time for consideration of documents of up to six months to conduct public denominational examination. The procedure for conducting State denominational examination is set by the authorized federal body of executive power. (As amended by the federal laws from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ; from 23.07.2008 N 160-FZ) 9. In the case of non-compliance with the applicant (s) the requirements of paragraphs 5-7 of this article, the body takes a decision on the State registration of religious organizations have the right to keep petition without consideration with the notice on the applicant (s). (As amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ) 10. Federal Agency for State registration or its territorial authority after the decision on the State registration of religious organizations shall send to the competent registration authority the information and documents necessary for the implementation of this body functions to maintain the unified State Register of legal entities. (As amended by the Federal law dated 06/29/2004 N 58-FZ)

As a result of the decision by the federal body of registration by the State or its territorial authority decision on the State registration of religious organizations and they have submitted the necessary information and documents to the authorized registration authority within a period of not more than five working days after receipt of the required information and documents introduced into the unified State registry of legal persons the appropriate entry and not later than the working day following the day you make the specified record shall inform the body which took the decision on the State registration of religious organizations. (As amended by the Federal law dated 06/29/2004 N 58-FZ), the federal body of registration by the State or its territorial authority not later than within three working days of receipt from an authorized registration authority information on as in the unified State Register of legal persons of record about the religious organization shall issue to the applicant proof of registration of religious organizations in the unified State Register of legal entities. (As amended by the Federal law dated 06/29/2004 N 58-FZ)

(Editorial, March 21, 2002 Federal Law No. 31-FZ) 11. Changes and additions to the statutes of religious organizations, are subject to state registration in the order prescribed for the registration of religious organizations, and shall enter into force for third parties from the date of State registration.
12. For State registration of religious organizations, changes in its Charter, is levied in accordance with the procedure and in the amounts provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation. (As amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ) Article 12. A refusal of State registration of religious organizations 1. A religious organization may be refused registration in the following cases: objectives and activities of religious organizations are contrary to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the legislation of the Russian Federation with reference to specific articles of the laws;
created by the organization is not recognized as a religion;
Charter and other documents submitted do not meet the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation or the information contained therein is not valid;
in the unified State Register of legal persons previously registered organization with the same name;
constitutor (s) competent.
2. in case of refusal in State registration of religious organizations of the decision in writing shall be communicated to the applicant (applicants) with an indication of the grounds for refusal. Refusal of unreasonableness create a religious organization is not permitted. A refusal of State registration of religious organizations, as well as his avoidance of such registration may be appealed in court. (As amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ) Article 13. Representations of foreign religious organizations 1. Foreign religious organization called the organization established outside the Russian Federation, in accordance with the legislation of the foreign State.
2. Foreign religious organization may be granted the right to open its representative office in the territory of the Russian Federation.
Representation of foreign religious organizations may not engage in cult and other religious activities, and it is not subject to the status of religious association established by this federal law.
3. The order of registration, opening and closing of Representative Office of foreign religious organization is established by the Federal Executive Body in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation. (As amended by federal law from 23.07.2008 N 160-FZ)
4. In case of adoption of the decision on registration of the representative office of foreign religious organization its representative a certificate, a specimen of which is set by the authorized federal body of executive power. (As amended by federal law from 23.07.2008 N 160-FZ)
5. the Russian religious organization may be in possession of a representation of a foreign religious organizations. Article 13-1. Reorganization of the religious organization religious organization Restructuring is carried out on the grounds and in the manner stipulated by civil legislation. A religious organization may not be converted into a legal person of other organizational-legal form. (Article supplemented by federal law from 06.04.2015 N 80-FZ) Article 14. The suspension of the activities of religious associations, the Elimination of religious organization and a ban on the activities of religious associations in case of violation of the law (as amended by the Federal Act of 25 N 112-FZ dated December 30, 2008) 1. Religious organization may be liquidated on the decision of their founders or body authorized by the Charter of the religious organization;
a court decision in the case of repeated or gross violation of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, this federal law and other federal laws or, in the case of systematic implementation of religious organization activity contrary to the purposes of its creation (statutory goals);

a court decision in the case provided for in paragraph 9 of article 8 of the present Federal law. (The paragraph is supplemented by federal law from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ)
2. Grounds for elimination of religious organizations and the ban on the activities of religious organizations or religious groups in the judicial order are: (as amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ), violation of public security and public order; (As amended by the Federal Act of 25 N 112-FZ) actions aimed at extremist activities; (As amended by the Federal Act of 25 N 112-FZ) (Deleted-the Federal law from 25.07.2002 N 112-FZ) (Deleted-the Federal law from 25.07.2002 N 112-FZ) forced the destruction of the family;
encroachment on the rights and freedoms of citizens;
drawing set in accordance with the law, morality, health damage, including use in connection with their religious activities of narcotic and psychotropic drugs, hypnosis, committing indecent and other illegal actions;
inducement to commit suicide or to refusal on religious grounds from providing medical assistance to persons in danger for life and health condition;
obstructing access to compulsory education;
coercion of members and followers of the religious associations and other persons to the exclusion of their property in favour of the religious association;
obstruction of the threat of harm to life, health, property, if there is a real risk of its execution, or the application of forced exposure, other illegal actions of a citizen from entering religious association;
encouraging citizens to renounce the execution of statutory civil responsibilities and commit other illegal acts;
the repeated failure of Federal religious organization body State registration or its territorial authority in the prescribed period report under paragraph 2 of article 25-1 hereof, if the activities of a religious organization other violations of the legislation of the Russian Federation. (The paragraph is supplemented by federal law from 28.11.2015 N 341-FZ)
3. The organs of the Procurator's Office of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for State registration and its territorial bodies and bodies of local self-government shall have the right to representation in court on the Elimination of religious organization or prohibiting the activities of religious organizations or religious groups. (As amended by the federal laws from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ; from 06/29/2004 N 58-FZ) 4. State registration of religious organizations in connection with the liquidation shall be carried out in the order stipulated by the Federal law "on State registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs", taking into account the peculiarities of such a register established by this federal law. (As amended by the Federal law dated 08.12.2003. N 169-FZ), Information and documents required for the State registration of religious organizations in connection with the liquidation, are submitted to the authority empowered to take a decision on the State registration of religious organizations in accordance with paragraphs 2-4 of article 11 hereof. (As amended by the Federal law of 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ), the federal body of registration by the State or its territorial authority after the decision on the State registration of religious organizations in connection with liquidation directs to the authorized registration authority the information and documents necessary for the implementation of this body functions to maintain the unified State Register of legal entities. (As amended by the Federal law dated 06/29/2004 N 58-FZ), based on the decision taken by the Federal Agency for State registration or its territorial authority, and they have submitted the necessary information and documents to the authorized registration authority within a period of not more than five working days after receipt of the required information and documents introduced into the unified State registry of legal persons the appropriate entry and not later than the working day following the date of making the corresponding entry shall inform the body which took the decision. (As amended by the Federal law dated 06/29/2004 N 58-FZ) how federal State registration body and its territorial bodies authorized by the registration authority on State registration of religious organizations in connection with the liquidation shall be determined by the federal body of State registration in consultation with the authorized registration authority. (As amended by the federal laws on 29.06.2004 N 58-FZ; 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ) State registration of religious organizations in connection with the liquidation shall be carried out within a period of not more than ten working days from the date of submission of all decorated in accordance with the established procedure documents. (New paragraph 4 is supplemented by federal law from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ)


5. Legal capacity of liquidating a religious organization as a legal entity is terminated and the property specified religious organization shall be distributed in accordance with its Charter and civil legislation of the Russian Federation.
6. The grounds and procedure for the Elimination of religious organization by the decision of the Court of Justice shall also apply to the prohibition of the activities of religious groups. (Paras. 4 and 5 take it 5 points respectively and 6 as amended by federal law from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ)
7. the activities of religious associations can be suspended, the religious organization may be liquidated, and the activities of religious associations is not a religious organization may be prohibited in accordance with the procedure and on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law "on counteracting extremist activities". (Item 6 supplemented by federal law from 25.07.2002 N 112-FZ; as subclause 7 as amended by the Federal law dated 08.12.2003. N 169-FZ), chap. III. The rights and conditions of the ACTIVITIES of RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, article 15. Internal establish religious organizations 1. Religious organizations operate in accordance with its internal regulations, if they do not contradict the legislation of the Russian Federation, and have the legal capacity under their statutes.
2. the State respects the domestic establishment of religious organizations, if the establishment does not contradict the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Article 16. Religious rites and ceremonies 1. Religious organizations have the right to found and maintain religious buildings, and other places and facilities specifically designed for worship, prayer and religious gatherings, religious veneration (pilgrimage).
2. Services, other religious rites and ceremonies freely committed in cult premises, buildings and facilities, as well as on the land, on which buildings are located;
in buildings owned by religious organizations on the property right or granted to them on other property right to exercise their statutory activities, as well as on the land, on which buildings are located;
in premises belonging to religious organizations on the property right or granted to them on other property right to exercise their statutory activities, as well as on the land, on which buildings are located, have appropriate premises, in agreement with the owners of such buildings;
in the premises, buildings, constructions and on land belonging to the ownership or other property right organizations established by religious organizations;
on land belonging to religious organizations on the property right or granted to them on other property right;
in places of pilgrimage;
in cemeteries and additional;
in a residential area.
(Paragraph as amended by federal law from 22.10.2014 N 316-FZ)
3. Religious organizations are entitled to conduct religious rites and ceremonies in health care and hospitals, orphanages, homes for the elderly and disabled at the request of the citizens in the premises specially allocated by the Administration for these purposes. In penal institutions holding religious rites, ceremonies, and personal appointments shall be subject to the requirements of criminal-executive legislation of the Russian Federation.
The holding of religious rites and ceremonies in places of detention premises is permitted in accordance with the requirements of the criminal procedure legislation of the Russian Federation.
Religious rites and ceremonies can also be held in buildings, buildings for religious purposes, located on the territories of educational organizations, as well as on the premises of educational institutions that have historically used for the holding of religious ceremonies.
(Paragraph as amended by federal law from 20.04.2015 N 103-FZ)
4. command the military units taking into account the requirements of military regulations do not preclude the participation of military personnel in acts of worship, religious rites and ceremonies.
5. in other cases, public worship, religious rites and ceremonies (including prayer and religious meetings), conducted in public places, in conditions which require the adoption of measures to ensure public order and safety as the participants themselves religious rites and ceremonies, and other citizens, shall be made in accordance with the procedure established for the holding of meetings, rallies, and demonstrations. (As amended by the Federal law of 22.10.2014 N 316-FZ) Article 17. Religious literature and objects of religious appointments 1. Religious organizations have the right to produce, purchase, export, import and distribute religious literature printed, audio and video materials and other objects of religious designation.
2. religious organizations shall enjoy the exclusive right of establishment organizations that publish liturgical books and producing items of religious purposes.

3. Literature, publications, audio and video, produced by religious organizations, must be marked with the official full name of the religious organization.
Article 18. Charity and cultural and educational activities of religious organizations 1. Religious organizations have the right to carry out charitable activities, both directly and through the establishment of charitable organizations.
2. For the implementation of their statutory purposes and tasks of religious organizations in the manner prescribed by the legislation of the Russian Federation, have the right to establish cultural and educational organizations, educational and other organizations, as well as to establish mass media. (As amended by the Federal law of 02.07.2013 N 185-FZ)
3. the State promotes and supports charitable activities of religious organizations, as well as in their enjoyment of public cultural and educational programs and activities.
Article 19. Spiritual educational institutions 1. Centralized religious organizations in accordance with their charters have the exclusive right to establish spiritual educational institutions for the training of Ministers and religious personnel of religious organizations through the implementation of educational programmes on the basis of the license for conducting educational activities.
2. Spiritual educational organizations are registered as religious organizations.
3. Spiritual educational institutions implement educational programs to train Ministers and religious personnel of religious organizations, and to implement educational programs of secondary vocational education and higher education in accordance with the requirements of the Federal State educational standards.
Spiritual education organizations that implement educational programs to train Ministers and religious personnel of religious organizations, issue documents of education and qualifications, the shape of which shall be established independently by those organizations. Specified in such documents on education qualifications entitle their owners to serve as Ministers and religious personnel of religious organizations, for which the internal statutes of religious organizations identified mandatory requirements to the content of education.
Spiritual education organizations that implement educational programs in accordance with the requirements of the Federal State educational standards, has the right to issue to persons who state final certification, education documents and (or) of the qualifications established in accordance with the Federal law of December 29, 2012 year N 273-FZ "on education in the Russian Federation". Specified in such documents on education qualifications entitle their owners along with rights under Part 8 of article 60 of the Federal law of December 29, 2012 year N 273-FZ "on education in the Russian Federation", to serve as Ministers and religious personnel of religious organizations, for which the internal statutes of religious organizations identified mandatory requirements to the content of education.
Spiritual education in educational programmes in accordance with the requirements of the Federal State educational standards are guided by this federal law and the legislation on education.
(Article in the Editorial Office of the Federal law dated 02.07.2013 g. N 185-FZ), Article 20. International relations and contacts 1. Religious organizations have the right to establish and maintain international connections and contacts, including for the purpose of pilgrimage, participation in meetings and other activities, to receive religious education, as well as to invite foreign citizens for these purposes.
2. religious organizations have the exclusive right to invite foreign citizens to vocational classes, including religious, religious activity in these organizations in accordance with federal law.
Article 21. Ownership of religious organizations 1. Owned by religious organizations can be buildings, land, objects of industrial, social, charitable, cultural and educational and other destination objects of religious appointments, cash and other property necessary to support their activities, including those related to the historical and cultural monuments.
2. religious organizations have the right to ownership of property acquired or created by them at their own expense, donated by citizens, organizations or religious organizations, passed into the ownership of the State or acquired by other means, is not contrary to the legislation of the Russian Federation.

3. the transfer of ownership in accordance with the established procedure of religious organizations of religious buildings and structures with the related land and other property for religious purposes, is in State or municipal ownership, is free of charge. (As amended by the Federal law dated 30/11/2010 N 328-FZ)
4. religious organizations can have on property ownership abroad.
5. The movable and immovable property of liturgical appointments cannot be levied on creditors ' claims. The list of items to which the assignment of the liturgical may not be levied on the claims of creditors shall be established by the Government of the Russian Federation on the proposals of the religious organizations.
Article 22. Use of property, which is owned by the State, citizens and their associations 1. Religious organizations are entitled to use for their needs land, buildings and equipment available to them by State, municipal, public and other organizations and citizens, in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
2. transfer in the prescribed manner to the use of religious places of worship with the related land and other property for religious purposes, is in State or municipal ownership, is free of charge. (As amended by the Federal law dated 30/11/2010 N 328-FZ), Article 23. Business activities of religious organizations, religious organizations are entitled to carry out business activities and create their own businesses in the order established by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Article 24. Labor legal relations in religious organizations 1. Religious organizations in cases prescribed by their statutes, conclude employment contracts with the employees. (As amended by the Federal law of 07.06.2013 N 119-FZ)
2. Working conditions and its payment shall be determined in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation the employment contract between the religious organization (employer) and the professional. (As amended by the Federal law of 07.06.2013 N 119-FZ)
3. For nationals working in religious organizations on labour contracts, subject to the law of the Russian Federation on labour. (As amended by the Federal law of 07.06.2013 N 119-FZ)
4. religious organizations, as well as priests are subject to social security, social insurance and pension funding in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
5. Religious organizations are entitled to establish, in accordance with its internal regulations the conditions for priests and religious, as well as personnel requirements, including in relation to religious education. (Para supplemented by federal law from 07.06.2013 N 119-FZ), chap. IV. Supervision and CONTROL OVER EXECUTION of the LEGISLATION on freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations Article 25. Oversight and control 1. Supervision over execution of the legislation of the Russian Federation on the freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations the procuratorial authorities of the Russian Federation.
2. federal body of registration by the State or its territorial authority monitors the religious organizations of the Russian Federation legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations, as well as the purposes and the modalities of their statutes, in the implementation of Federal Government oversight of religious organizations. (As amended by the Federal law of 28.11.2015 N 341-FZ)
3. the relations connected with the protection of the rights of religious organizations in the implementation of Federal Government oversight of religious organizations, the provisions of the Federal law dated December 26, 2008 year N 294-FZ "on protection of rights of legal persons and individual entrepreneurs at carrying out of State control (supervision) and municipal control", taking into account the characteristics laid down in this article. (Para supplemented by federal law from 28.11.2015 N 341-FZ)
4. in implementing the Federal Government oversight of religious organizations, the federal body of registration by the State or its territorial authority and their officials in the manner prescribed by the legislation of the Russian Federation, have the right to request and receive from the religious organization documents on the activities of religious organizations, except for documents that contain information about financial and economic activity of religious organizations, which may be requested and received only in cases provided for by the third subparagraph of this paragraph;

request and receive from religious organizations, including checks provided for in this federal law, documents containing information about its financial and economic activities, if a religious organization receives the money and other property from international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens, persons without citizenship, and (or) in the case of public bodies, local authorities received information about a violation of the religious organization laws of the Russian Federation in the sphere of its activity and (or) the presence in its activities, signs of extremism (terrorism);
request and receive, including carrying out checks provided for in this federal law, information about financial and economic activity of religious organizations from State statistics bodies, the federal body of executive power, control and supervision of the Ombudsman in the field of taxes and charges, a federal body of executive power, authorized to exercise functions on combating the legalization (laundering) of proceeds received by criminal way and terrorism financing, and other bodies of State control (supervision);
to send their representatives to attend religious organization events held at the invitation of the authorities of the Office of a religious organization;
to verify compliance of the religious organization laws of the Russian Federation on the freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations, as well as the objectives and activities envisaged in its Charter;
to carry out checks of financial and economic activities of a religious organization, including income and (or) the expenditures of charitable donations and other sources of cash, and (or) use of other property, if a religious organization receives the money and other property from international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens, persons without citizenship, and (or) in the case of public bodies, local authorities received information about a violation of the religious organization laws of the Russian Federation in the sphere of its activity and (or) the presence in its activities signs of extremism (terrorism);
in case of violation of the legislation of the Russian Federation on the freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations or religious organization actions that do not meet the objectives laid down in its Charter, to make her a written notice indicating the infraction and of his resolve, of not less than one month. Warning issued to religious organization may be appealed in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
(Para supplemented by federal law from 28.11.2015 N 341-FZ)
5. The reason for holding the unscheduled checks of a religious organization is: expiry of eliminating violations contained in the warning previously rendered by the religious organization federal body of registration by the State or its territorial authority;
admission to the federal body of registration by the State or its territorial body of information from public bodies, local authorities regarding the violation of the religious organization laws of the Russian Federation in the sphere of its activity and (or) the presence in its activities, signs of extremism (terrorism);
the existence of an order (orders) the head of the federal body of registration by the State or its territorial authority issued in accordance with the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation or the Government of the Russian Federation or by requiring the Prosecutor to conduct unscheduled checks under the supervision of the execution of the laws according to procuratorial bodies and appeals.
(Para supplemented by federal law from 28.11.2015 N 341-FZ)
6. Prior notification of religious organizations on the unscheduled checks in connection with its activities, signs of extremism (terrorism) is not allowed. (Para supplemented by federal law from 28.11.2015 N 341-FZ) Article 25-1. Reporting of religious organizations to receive money and other property from international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens, persons without citizenship 1. Religious organizations who receive money and other property from international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens, persons without citizenship, keep separate accounting income (expenses) obtained (manufactured) under income from specified sources, and income (expenses) (produced by) other income.

2. religious organizations, within one year, money and other property from international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens, persons without citizenship, are required to submit to the federal body of registration by the State or its territorial authority report on its activities, the personal composition of the governing bodies, to the expenditure of funds and the use of other assets, including those received from international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens , stateless persons, on their actual spending (use).
3. religious organizations who receive money and other property from international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens, persons without citizenship are required to annually post information and telecommunication network "Internet" or provide media for the publication of the report in the amount of information provided to the Federal Agency for State registration or its territorial body in accordance with paragraph 2 of this article.
4. form and deadline for the submission of the report referred to in paragraph 2 of this article, as well as the order and placement of the information-telecommunications network "Internet" in accordance with paragraph 3 of this article shall be determined by the federal body of registration.
(Article supplemented by federal law from 28.11.2015 N 341-FZ) Article 26. Responsibility for violation of legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations Act violation of Russian legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of belief and religious associations will incur criminal, administrative and other responsibility in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Article 27. Final provisions 1. This federal law shall enter into force on the day of its official publication.
2. The Government of the Russian Federation to take the necessary for the implementation of this federal law normative legal acts.
3. the statutes and other constituent documents of the religious organizations that were created before the entry into force of this federal law, shall be harmonized with this federal law. Charters and other founding documents of religious organizations to bring them into compliance with this federal law apply only to that part which does not contradict this federal law.
Re-registration of religious organizations in respect of which there is reason to eliminate them or ban their activities referred to in paragraph 2 of article 14 hereof. In case of refusal to re-register on these grounds, the Federal judicial authority or its territorial authority in the relevant constituent entities of the Russian Federation conveys materials in court. (As amended by the Federal law of March 21, N 31-FZ) (Repealed-federal law 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ) (Repealed-federal law 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ) of local religious organizations that are not part of the structure of a centralized religious organization of the same religion, within ten years from the date of their registration by the State when you create do not enjoy the rights stipulated by paragraph 3 (except for the right to establish educational organization that implement additional educational programmes for adults) and paragraph 4 of article 5, paragraph 5 of article 13 paragraph 3 of article 16, paragraph 2 of article 18 (for the media), article 20, paragraph 2 of the present Federal Act, and may not serve the founders of centralized religious organization. (The paragraph is supplemented by federal law from 13.07.2015 N 261-FZ)
4. the State re-registration of religious organisations established before the entry into force of this federal law, shall be held not later than December 31, 2000 year in accordance with the requirements hereof. After expiration of the religious organizations that do not pass re-registration shall be subject to the Elimination of judicially on demand of the federal body of Justice or its territorial authority in the relevant constituent entities of the Russian Federation. (As amended by the federal laws from 26.03.2000 N 45-FZ; from 21.03.2002 N 31-FZ) 5. Void the RSFSR Law on the freedom of faith "(records of the RSFSR Congress of people's deputies and the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR, 1990, N 21, art. 240; Collection of laws of the Russian Federation, 1995, N 5, art. 346) and the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR on the procedure for the introduction of the Act of the RSFSR "on freedom of faith" (records of the RSFSR Congress of people's deputies and the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR, 1990, N 21, art. 241) from the date of entry into force of this federal law.
The President of the Russian Federation, b. Yeltsin, Kremlin, Moscow September 26, 1997 N 125-FZ