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Russia May Ban Soros Charity in NGO Crackdown

Hedge fund billionaire George Soros's charitable foundation may be kicked out of Russia, as Moscow considers banning foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) that promote democracy.

TASS, Russia's state-owned media service, reported on Wednesday that the Federation Council would consider a "stop list" of NGOs accused of carrying out "soft aggression" in the country.

Twelve organizations are on the "patriotic 'stop list,'" including Soros' grant-making foundation. It aims to promote "vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens," according to the Open Society Foundations website, which was founded by Soros.

CNBC believes this is the "Soros Foundation" to which TASS refers. However, Open Society Foundations was not immediately available to comment.



Other U.S.-led organizations on the list include the National Endowment for Democracy, the MacArthur Foundation and the Freedom House, plus the East European Democratic Center. In total, the list features seven U.S. organizations, three Ukrainian ones and two from Poland.

TASS cited a draft decree that said Russia was up against an "attack on its national interests," with power exerted with the help of NGOS, including those funded by foreign states.

This attack was aimed at "undermining the patriotic unity" of Russia.

Russia under Putin has appeared to take an increasingly authoritarian line on media and charitable organizations viewed as critical of Moscow. In May, for instance, Russia's media authority told Google, Twitter and Facebook that they risked being blocked if they did not reveal the identity of all bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers.

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"as Moscow considers banning foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) that promote democracy."


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Putin wants to stomp out all opposition, and hush all narratives but his own.

Russian media is insane, not quite as bad as North Korean, but close. Freedom of speech is practically being squashed. We think our media gets people worked up over nothing. Russian media is on a all out assault on America. The left wing media in America is Russias best friend. All the stories about racism, police brutality, inequality, military spending, on and on. All hit Russian news, none of the good stories, just the bad ones.

Russians are so dumb, they all believe their media, and believe American media is complete lies. But what's so stupid is all the stories they read about America, that they believe because it's being reported by Russian media, originated in American media.

Russian media is famous for taking stories from American news outlets, and printing them without authors or sources. So the Russians think the story originated from Russian journalist.

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Putin is a dictator, so he is just living up to his name.

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