Moscow believes that Washington’s position on inspections of NGOs in Russia indicates the intention of the U.S. to intervene in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation.
"We regard the statement by State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said that the United States intends to continue funding some NGOs in Russia through intermediaries in third countries, bypassing Russian legislation as a blatant interference in our internal affairs," — said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich was quoted as saying in a statement posted on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
"Actually it is the direct instigation of known non-governmental and public organizations to violation of legislation concerning the activities of non-profit organizations in the Russian Federation"— He said.
"Otherwise, how cynical and provocative remarks can not be called Nuland, compare routine inspection of NGOs with the" witch hunt. " We understand the reasons for this inadequate response caused by overlapping channels of financial support "friendly" to Washington after the close of the structures in the Russian representative office of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the ban on the funding of political activities abroad "- said Lukashevich.
"There should be no doubt: the attempts to influence from the outside to the internal processes in our country and the development of civil society are doomed to failure,"— The commentary said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman.
Telegrafistreports that many NGOs funded from abroad, led actions to undermine stability in Russia. That is why the patriotic forces had laws on NGOs with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moreover, the new law does not cover the activities of NGOs, but only requires these organizations known as "foreign agents" if they get involved in politics and funded from abroad. Since these organizations was Washington, the State Department immediately began to condemn Russia’s actions and call them to undermine civil society. The new law provides for a more stringent test for the politically-oriented NGOs, that these checks began.
Recall, on the eve of the United States condemned"Unprecedented"a series of inspections that took place in non-profit organizations in Russia.
A State Department officialVictoria Nulandcautioned that the inspections are aimed at undermining the activities of civil society in Russia. According to her, the scale checks inspires fear that the country began"Kind of a witch hunt."
This indicates that the inspections are aimed not only against the NGO for which the law "about foreign agents", but against the civilian organizations that are under the said act does not fall, Nuland said.
Naachinaya March 21, law enforcement officers have visited with inspections in more than90 NGOs,including"Agora", Amnesty International, "memorial", "Public Verdict," "Civil Assistance" and Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch and Transparency International.
International human rights organizations have demanded that the Russian authorities to explain the situation and to stop the pressure on NGOs.