Regular inspections of non-profit organizations is common world practice and they are held to check whether their activities match their charter purposes, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"The inspections being held were planned back in December 2012 and are being conducted in order to check whether the activities of non-profit organizations match their charter purposes and the Russian law," the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Friday amid numerous recent inspections of Russian non-profit organizations.
The statement said that "regular lawful inspections held by controlling bodies of various agencies are common practice in Russia as well as other countries."
Moscow highly values "the work conducted by foreign funds in Russia within their competence, project work," the ministry said.
"At the same time, it should be noted that offices and branches of foreign non-profit organizations working in Russia are under Russian jurisdiction, which means that they are to comply with the Russian law," the statement said.
The statement said that "Russian law enforcement agencies are oriented firmly at working in strict compliance with the Russian law and Russia's international obligations."
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