Kremlin asks U.S. to Halt Civil Society Programs in Russia

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    Something of a surprise, wonder if they had become more effective than Putin would like, just having them in place would provide at least some cover vis a vis criticism as to Russia's 'ongoing democracy'. They've been active there since 1992.



    U.S. to Halt Civil Society Programs in Russia

    MOSCOW¬óThe U.S. is halting pro-democracy and civil society programming of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Russia after a request from the Kremlin, a U.S. official close to the situation said Tuesday.

    The move comes as a blow to the avowed reset in relations between the U.S. and Russia, where President Vladimir Putin has steadily raised pressure on his critics.

    "The United States recently received the Russian government's decision to end USAID activities in the Russian Federation," State Department Victoria Nuland confirmed Tuesday. "We are extremely proud of what USAID has accomplished in Russia over the past two decades, and we will work with our partners and staff to responsibly end or transition USAID's programs...We remain committed to supporting democracy, human rights, and the development of a more robust civil society in Russia and look forward to continuing our cooperation with Russian non-governmental organizations."

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    U.S. to Halt Civil Society Programs in Russia - WSJ.com
     
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    VERY GOOD NEWS!

    Russia doesn't need US "democracy" or US "civil society"!
    And especially, Russia doesn't need US State Department and CIA funding "revolution" in Russia.
     
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    Uhm yes, ok, thx.:tinfoil:
     
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    What?

    From Wiki:

    "Although technically an independent federal agency, USAID operates subject to the foreign policy guidance of the President, Secretary of State, and the National Security Council.

    ... USAID's stated goals include providing "economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States."

    Getting US "democratic funds" and "organisations" out of Russia is the right move if Russian governing elites are serious about the defence of Russia.
     
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    :D

    Already two of NGOs who positioned themselves as "independent voice of Russian opposition": "Voice" (Golos) and "For Human Rights", announced they will not be able to function without US State Department funding they were getting through USAID.

    1. It clearly demonstrates where "Russian opposition" gets its instructions from;
    2. There is nothing "independent" about them.
     
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    USAID been messin' in Russian election?...
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    Russia accuses USAID of trying to sway elections
    Wed, Sep 19, 2012 - Russia on Wednesday explained its decision to put an end to the U.S. Agency for International Development's two decades of work in Russia by saying the U.S. government agency was using its money to influence elections.
     
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    Clinton asked Russian government to allow USAID to continue its activities in Russia until 2013.

    And it's understandable: US invested over 30 million dollars into meddling in September's local elections and is now worried the investment will not pay off. :D
     
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    Despite Russia OFFICIALLY asked USAID to piss off, US said it will find the ways to continue "developing democracy" in Russia!

    Brilliant! :D
     
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    Only last year and only through USAID US spent 135 million dollars on destabilisation of Russia ("spread of democracy"). How much US spent through other "funds" and "organisations"?
     
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