Russia Moves to Shut 'Undesirable' Foreign Organizations

May 15, 2015 4:59 PM

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The Russian parliament has given preliminary approval to legislation that would allow prosecutors to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down.

The step appears to be part of a campaign to stifle civil society and dissent in Russia that intensified when President Vladimir Putin began his third term in 2012.

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