Russia Boots 2 More US-based NGOs

VOA News published an article titled, “Russia Boots 2 More US-based NGOs”, which reads in part as follows;

“The Russian prosecutor general’s office has added two U.S.-based non-governmental organizations to its list of foreign NGOs whose activities are deemed “undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation.”

The office said Thursday that the work of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) “poses a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and state security.”

The IRI is based in Washington and funded by the U.S. Congress. Its board of directors is chaired by Senator John McCain of Arizona, who also chairs the U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee and was the Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 presidential election in the United States.

The IRI says its programs are aimed, among other things, at encouraging democracy “in places where it is absent” and helping democracy “become more effective where it is in danger.”

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