Russian authorities declare organization headed by McCain “undesirable”
MOSCOW, August 18 (RAPSI) – Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has found two more organizations undesirable foreign NGOs: International Republican Institute and Media Development Investment Fund, Inc., the Prosecutor’s Office’s press-service announced on Thursday.
International Republican Institute is headed by prominent U.S. senator John McCain, while the council board of the organization includes other American senators.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, both organizations are threatening security of Russian government. All information was transferred to the Russian Justice Ministry.
The law under which foreign NGOs can be put on "undesirable organizations" list if they are believed to be a threat to the constitution, defense or security came into effect on June 3, 2015. These organizations will be prohibited from working and from circulating information materials in Russia, and their offices and branches will be closed.
A decision to declare a foreign or international NGO an undesirable organization can be made or reversed by the Prosecutor General or his deputies, based on consultations with the Foreign Ministry. The Justice Ministry will compile and publish a list of non grata organizations.
Among the NGOs on the blacklist are the Open Society Foundation (Soros Foundation), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the MacArthur Foundation, Freedom House and others.