Since 2014, Russian influence is increasingly felt in Kyrgyzstan. With it, there arise numerous initiatives to adopt human-rights’ restrictive legislation similar to the one in the Russian Federation. Restrictions on freedom of association and assembly are mounting. NGOs, until recently the important collaborators of government in promoting reforms, maintaining dialogue with citizens, monitoring security forces, etc, are ever more worried. The “foreign-agents bill”, i.e. the law restricting foreign donations to civil society organizations, modeled over Russian law as of 2012, was first proposed in 2013, but soon withdrawn. In October 2014 it re-entered parliamentary procedure and in June 2015 it passed the first reading. Since President Atambayev is opposing it, it is unclear
whether or not he would sign it even if it was finally adopted. Another law modeled over Russian practice was the “anti-propaganda law”, i.e. restrictions to publications or other public appearance of the LGBT organizations on the grounds of protecting minors from the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”. The latter law passed the second reading in parliament (by 90:2) in June 2015 and is not far from being adopted. On the positive side, one should mention the action plan against torture, adopted by the government in October 2014.