Russia puts U.S. National Endowment for Democracy on list of undesirable NGOs

The Russian Justice Ministry included the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy on the list of foreign and international nongovernmental organizations, the activity of which is recognized undesirable in Russia.

The Russian Justice Ministry included the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy on the list of foreign and international nongovernmental organizations, the activity of which is recognized undesirable in Russia.

The statement was posted at the official website of the ministry.

"The organization is included in the list according to the federal law on the measures of influence on persons involved in violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms, rights and freedoms of Russian citizens on the basis of the decision taken by the Russian deputy prosecutor general," the press service of the Justice Ministry said.

On July 29, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office recognized the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy as an undesirable foreign organization in Russia. The Prosecutor General's Office has found the activity of this foreign nongovernmental organization as threatening to "the Russian constitutional system, defense capability and security."

"Using the possibilities of controlled Russian commercial and nonprofit organizations the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy participated in the work on recognizing the results of election campaigns illegitimate, staging political actions in order to impact the decisions taken by the state authorities and discredit the service in the Russian Armed Forces," the Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement posted on its website.

To these ends the endowment allocated around $5.2 million in financial aid to Russian commercial and nonprofit entities in 2013-2014, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

The recognition of the activity by this organization undesirable entails the refusal to carry out transactions with cash funds and other property, a ban on setting up branches of the organization in Russia and other consequences, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

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