Russia’s banned two George Soros-linked groups, the Open Society Foundation and the Open Society Institute, over concerns the charity outfits pose a threat to the nation’s security and government.
Russia’s general prosecutor’s office said the two organizations are going to be placed on a “stop list” of non–governmental overseas’ groups that have been deemed “undesirable” in the eyes of the Kremlin, CNBC reported.
A press release translated from Russia to English reads: “It was found that the activity of the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation represents a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state.”
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Soros founded the OSF groups as a means of helping countries move away from communism and toward more democratic rule. But both Soros and his charity organizations faced criticism in October after Hungary accused them of supporting illegal immigration and pressing for countries to take in Syrian refugees. Soros also recommended each refugee receive $16,000 a year in government assistance to help pay for housing, health care and education.