- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The National Endowment for Democracy has been formally declared by Russia an “undesirable” organization that is hostile to its national interests.

The decision by Russia’s Justice Ministry will prohibit the nonprofit from having offices in the country. Grants may not be distributed, either.

“The law on undesirable organizations is the latest in a series of highly restrictive laws that limit the freedom of Russian citizens. This law, as well as its predecessors, contravenes Russia’s own constitution as well as numerous international laws and treaties,” NED said in a statement released on its website. “The true intent of these laws is to intimidate and isolate Russian citizens. NED remains committed to supporting human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the world.”

The U.S. State Department also criticized the decision, which prompted Russia’s Foreign Ministry to respond: “We will never tolerate the mentoring and outright intervention in our affairs by foreign entities,” The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

NDE has worked since 1983 to promote democratic institutions around the globe.


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