MacArthur Foundation closes shop in Russia following placement on government watchlist
- The US-based NGO supporting academic freedom and human rights has operated in Russia since 1992, but a new
- The organization’s departure comes amidst an ongoing crackdown on “foreign agents” by the Russian government, which has seen academics fined and deported and human rights groups’ operation permits revoked.
- The anti-NGO law passed in May claims to target international organizations operating against the sovereignty and national security of Russia.
“The recent passage and implementation of several laws in Russia make it all but impossible for international foundations to operate effectively and support worthy civil society organisations in that country.”
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