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FEDERAL LAW OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

of January 12, 1996 No. 7-FZ

About non-profit organizations

(as amended on 05-12-2022)

Accepted by the State Duma on December 8, 1995

Chapter I. General provisions

Article 1. Subject of regulation and scope of this Federal Law

1. This Federal Law determines features of civil provision of non-profit organizations of separate forms of business, types and types, and also possible forms of support of non-profit organizations by public authorities and local government bodies.

2. This Federal Law is applied in relation to all non-profit organizations created or created in the territory of the Russian Federation so far as other is not established by this Federal Law and other Federal Laws.

2.1. This Federal Law determines procedure for creation and activities in the territory of the Russian Federation of structural divisions of foreign non-profit non-governmental organizations.

2.2. The provisions of this Federal Law determining procedure for creation and activities in the territory of the Russian Federation of structural divisions of foreign non-profit non-governmental organizations are applied to structural divisions of the international organizations (associations) in the part which is not contradicting international treaties of the Russian Federation.

3. This Federal Law does not extend to consumer cooperatives, partnerships of owners of the real estate, including condominium, gardening and gardening non-commercial partnerships.

4. Operation of articles 13 - 19, 21 - 23, 28 - 30, 32 presents of the Federal Law does not extend to the religious organizations registered in the procedure established by the law.

4.1. Operation of article 13. 1, Items 1, 1.1 - 1.3 of Article 15, Articles 23 and 23. 1, paragraph one of Item 2 of Article 24 (regarding acquisition and implementation of securities and participation in partnerships on belief as the investor), Item 1 of Article 30, of Items 3, 3.1, 5, the 7 and 10 article 32 of this Federal Law does not extend to budgetary institutions.

4.2. Operation of article 13. 1, Items 1, 1.1 - 1.3 of Article 15, Articles 18, 19, 20, 23 and 23. 1, paragraph one of Item 2 (regarding acquisition and implementation of securities and participation in partnerships on belief as the investor), Item 3 and item 4 (except for the paragraph of the fourth) Articles 24, of Item 1 of Article 30, of Items 3, 3.1, 5, of 7, the 10 and 14 article 32 of this Federal Law does not extend to state organizations.

5. Operation of this Federal Law does not extend to public authorities, other state bodies, governing bodies of state non-budgetary funds, local government bodies, the public companies, and also to autonomous organizations if other is not established by the Federal Law.

6. Action of the paragraph of third Item 1 of article 32 of this Federal Law does not extend to the state corporations, state-owned companies, and also to the non-profit organizations created by them, state and municipal (including budget) organizations.

7. Ceased to be valid according to the Federal Law of the Russian Federation of 05.12.2022 No. 498-FZ

Article 2. Non-profit organization

1. Non-profit organization is the organization which does not have generation of profit as main objective of the activities and not sharing the got profit between participants.

2. Non-profit organizations can be created for achievement of the social, charitable, cultural, educational, scientific and managerial purposes, for the purpose of protection of public health, development of physical culture and sport, satisfaction of spiritual and other non-material needs of citizens, protection of the rights, legitimate interests of citizens and the organizations, the dispute resolution and the conflicts, rendering legal aid, and also in other purposes directed to achievement of the public benefits.

2.1. Socially oriented non-profit organizations the non-profit organizations created in the forms provided by this Federal Law (except for the state corporations, state-owned companies, public associations which are political parties) and the performing activities directed to the solution of social problems, development of civil society in the Russian Federation and also types of activity, the stipulated in Article 31.1 presents of the Federal Law are recognized.

2.2. The non-profit organization - the contractor of socially useful services is understood as socially oriented non-profit organization which is not foreign agent, has no tax debts and to charges, other to stipulated by the legislation obligatory payments of the Russian Federation and corresponds to one of the following requirements:

1) rendering for at least than one year of socially useful services of proper quality;

2) proper projects implementation, the socially useful services providing implementation of activities for one or several priority directions in the sphere of rendering with use of the grants of the President of the Russian Federation provided on development of civil society (further - projects on rendering socially useful services).

3. Non-profit organizations can be created in the form of the public or religious organizations (associations), communities of indigenous ethnic groups of the Russian Federation, the Cossack societies, non-profit partnerships, organizations, autonomous nonprofit organizations, social, charity and other foundations, associations and the unions, and also in other forms provided by the Federal Laws.

4. Foreign non-profit non-governmental organization in this Federal Law is understood as the organization which does not have generation of profit as main objective of the activities and not sharing the got profit between participants, created outside the territory of the Russian Federation according to the legislation of foreign state, founders (participants) of which are not state bodies.

5. Foreign non-profit non-governmental organization performs the activities in the territory of the Russian Federation through the structural divisions - departments, branches and representations.

The structural division - department of foreign non-profit non-governmental organization is recognized form of non-profit organization and is subject to state registration according to the procedure, the stipulated in Article 13.1 presents of the Federal Law.

Structural divisions - branches and representative offices of foreign non-profit non-governmental organizations acquire legal capacity in the territory of the Russian Federation from the date of entering into the register of branches and representative offices of the international organizations and foreign non-profit non-governmental organizations of data on the relevant structural division according to the procedure, the stipulated in Article 13.2 presents of the Federal Law.

6. Ceased to be valid according to the Federal Law of the Russian Federation of 14.07.2022 No. 255-FZ

Article 3. Legal status of non-profit organization

1. The non-profit organization is considered created as the legal entity from the moment of its state registration in the procedure established by the law, has in property or in operational management the isolated property, answers (except as specified, established by the law) according to the obligations this property, can acquire and perform on its own behalf the property and non-property rights, perform duties, to be claimant and the defendant in court.

The non-profit organization shall have separate balance and (or) the estimate.

2. The non-profit organization is created without restriction of term of activities if other is not established by constituent documents of non-profit organization.

3. The non-profit organization has the right to open in accordance with the established procedure accounts in banks in the territory of the Russian Federation and outside its territory, except as specified, established by the Federal Law.

4. The non-profit organization has seal with full name of this non-profit organization in Russian.

The non-profit organization has the right to have stamps and forms with the name.

5. Non-profit organizations have the right to have symbolics - emblems, the coats of arms, other heraldic signs, flags and anthems which description shall contain in constituent documents.

The symbolics of non-profit organizations shall conform to requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation about protection of intellectual property.

The symbolics of non-profit organizations shall not match the state symbolics of the Russian Federation, the state symbolics of subjects of the Russian Federation, symbolics of municipalities, federal bodies of the government, public authorities of subjects of the Russian Federation, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, other troops, military forming and bodies in which the Federal Law provides military service, by symbolics of foreign states, and also with symbolics of the international organizations.

As symbolics of non-profit organization emblems and other symbols which description is earlier included in the charter of the political party existing in the Russian Federation, and also emblems and other symbols of the organizations which activities are in the territory of the Russian Federation forbidden cannot be used.

The symbolics of non-profit organizations shall not discredit National flag of the Russian Federation, the State Emblem of the Russian Federation, the National anthem of the Russian Federation, flags, the coats of arms and anthems of subjects of the Russian Federation, municipalities, foreign states, religious symbols, and also to offend racial, national or religious feelings.

Article 4. Name and location of non-profit organization

1. The non-profit organization has the name containing specifying on its form of business and nature of activities.

The name of the non-profit organization created in the form of the public or local government office can include specifying on its type.

1.1. The non-profit organization which name is registered in accordance with the established procedure has exclusive right of its use.

2. The location of non-profit organization is determined by the place of its state registration.

3. The name and the location of non-profit organization are specified in its constituent documents.

4. Use in the name of non-profit organization of the official name the Russian Federation or Russia, and also the words derivative of this name, is allowed on the permission issued according to the procedure, established by the Government of the Russian Federation (if other is not provided by this Federal Law and other Federal Laws).

In case of withdrawal of permission to inclusion in the name of non-profit organization of the official name the Russian Federation or Russia, and also the words derivative of this name, the non-profit organization makes corresponding changes to the constituent documents within three months.

5. The official name the Russian Federation or Russia, and also the words derivative of this name are used without the permission specified in item 4 of this Article, in names:

1) the centralized religious organizations which structures operated in the territory of the Russian Federation on legal causes for at least fifty years at the time of the appeal of such religious organization with the statement for state registration, and (or) the religious organizations entering into structure of the centralized religious organization of the same religion which structures operated in the territory of the Russian Federation on legal causes for at least fifty years at the time of the appeal of such religious organization with the statement for state registration, based on written consent of the specified centralized religious organization;

2) the non-profit organizations created based on the Federal Laws and also according to acts of the President of the Russian Federation or the Government of the Russian Federation;

3) all-Russian public associations;

4) structural divisions of the all-Russian public associations in case of use in names of the specified structural divisions of full name of such public association;

5) non-profit organizations which single founder is the legal entity created based on acts of the President of the Russian Federation, acts of the Government of the Russian Federation, or the legal entity using in the name the official name the Russian Federation or Russia, and also the words derivative of this name, by law or according to the permission got according to the procedure, established by the Government of the Russian Federation, in case of use in names of the specified non-profit organizations of full name of the legal entity who founded them;

6) all-Russian and all-Russian branch (cross-industry) associations of employers.

6. The right to use in the name of non-profit organization of the official name the Russian Federation or Russia, and also the words derivative of this name, stops in connection with:

1) withdrawal of the permission specified in item 4 of this Article on the bases established by the Government of the Russian Federation;

2) the termination of the legal entity - the single founder of the non-profit organizations specified in the subitem 5 of Item 5 of this Article;

3) the termination of the right of the legal entity - the single founder of the non-profit organizations specified in the subitem 5 of Item 5 of this Article on use in the name of the official name the Russian Federation or Russia, and also the words derivative of this name.

7. In case of the termination of the right to use in the name of non-profit organization of the official name the Russian Federation or Russia, and also the words derivative of this name, the non-profit organization shall make corresponding changes to the constituent documents within three months from the date of approach of the circumstances specified in Item 6 of this Article.

Article 5. Branches and representative offices of non-profit organization

1. The non-profit organization can create branches and open representations in the territory of the Russian Federation in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation if other is not established by the Federal Laws.

2. Branch of non-profit organization is its separate division located out of the location of non-profit organization and performing all its functions or part them including functions of representation.

3. Representative office of non-profit organization is the separate division which is located out of the location of non-profit organization, represents the interests of non-profit organization and performs their protection.

4. The branch and representative office of non-profit organization are not legal entities, are allocated with property of the non-profit organization which created them and act on the basis of the provision approved by it. The property of branch or representation is considered on separate balance and on balance of the non-profit organization which created them.

Heads of branch and representation are appointed by non-profit organization and act on the basis of the power of attorney, the issued non-profit organization.

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