The United States' National Endowment for Democracy has been declared an unwelcome foreign organization in Russian territory, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office announced on July 28.
"Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Malinovsky signed a resolution declaring the National Endowment for Democracy an unwelcome foreign nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Russian territory," the agency said.
The activity of this foreign NGO jeopardizes "the constitutional system, defensive capabilities and security of Russia," it said.
"This decision is based on analysis of the foundation's activities," the spokesperson said.
"Using the potential of its affiliated Russian for-profit and nonprofit organizations, the National Endowment for Democracy participated in efforts at challenging the legitimacy of the outcomes of election campaigns and organizing political rallies aimed at affecting governmental decisions and discrediting service in the Russian Armed Forces," the Prosecutor General's Office said.
To that end, in 2013-2014 the foundation provided Russian for-profit and nonprofit entities with financial aid of around $5.2 million.
The status of an unwelcome organization entails being barred from transactions with financial and other assets and a ban on opening branch offices in Russia, as well as other consequences, the Prosecutor General's Office said.
The decision has been sent to the Russian Justice Ministry, as required by the law, for the organization to be put on the relevant list, it said.
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