Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Suffocation of Civil Society in Russia

About 100 NGOs Suspended in Russia: "Russia brushed aside US objections Thursday and forced nearly 100 foreign non-governmental organizations, including leading human rights groups, to suspend operations for missing a deadline for re-registration under a tough, new law.

Those who had to stop work included Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which have been persistent critics of President Vladimir Putin, and some accused the authorities of deliberately keeping them in legal limbo."

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