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Russia names US foundation first 'undesirable' foreign group

Russian prosecutors accuse the US Congress-funded National Endowment for Democracy of using local NGOs to undermine elections and organise political rallies in the country, such as this opposition rally in Moscow on March 5, 2012Russian prosecutors on Tuesday declared the US Congress-funded National Endowment for Democracy the first “undesirable” foreign group under a controversial new law to ban overseas organisations deemed a threat. “Taking into account the overall aim of the Endowment’s work, prosecutors came to the conclusion that it presents a threat to the constitutional order of Russia, its defence capabilities and state security,” the prosecutors said in a statement. Prosecutors accused the American non-profit organisation of using local NGOs to undermine elections and organise political rallies in the country.

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