Foreign NGOs in Russia lose tax status

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed a decree reducing the number of international organizations allowed to issue tax-free grants from 101 to just 12. Those affected include the World Wildlife Fund, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS (Switzerland), the Ford Foundation, the Eurasia Foundation and Britain’s the Royal Society. Taken in conjunction with the generally severe attitude of the regime towards foreign NGOs – Putin and other government officials have accused them of meddling in domestic politics and have drastically tightened registration and financial procedures in recent years – the move is likely to send further tremors through the foreign NGO community in Russia.

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