MOSCOW, November 12 (RAPSI) - A bill prohibiting terrorism suspects from founding NGOs and participating in them on Tuesday passed its second reading in the State Duma.

The initiative is expected to amend the federal laws On social associations, On NGOs, On freedom of conscience and On religious associations.

Thus, under the draft law, individuals having their assets frozen because of terrorism allegations would be banned from being founders, participants or members of NGOs.

These amendments, according to the Cabinet of Ministers, would help additionally secure the nonprofit sector against its use for financing terrorist activities.

The bill was submitted by the Russian government in July. The State Duma passed it in the first reading in late September.