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Russia brands U.S. democracy-promoting group 'undesirable'

Russia brands U.S. democracy-promoting group 'undesirable'

The Russian government on Wednesday formally branded the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy as an "undesirable" operation, a designation that will force the civil society advocates to shut down their offices and cease issuing grants to Russian rights groups. In a statement carried by the official Tass news agency, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the democracy-promoting nongovernmental organization of activities "aimed at destabilizing the internal situation in countries that pursue an independent policy." The Congress-funded group is the first U.S. operation to be targeted since passage of legislation this summer empowering Russia's prosecutor...

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