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Funding from the FSB or Why domestic financing can be more dangerous for NGOs than foreign funding (

posted 26 Jun 2013, 05:56 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Jun 2013, 06:03 ]
10 May 2013 

Polina Nikolskaya


Russian prosecutors have scouted the entire country for NGOs, otherwise known as “foreign agents.” They have checked the paperwork of all the leading Russian human rights organizations, including Agora, Golos and Transparency International. But NGOs in the Krasnodar federal district received a visit not from prosecutors, but from the Federal Security Service (FSB)—whose officials checked for traces not of foreign but domestic funding, which local activists had received from the district administration. The story ended with the FSB arresting a prominent Krasnodar professor and human rights activist, Mikhail Savva, on charges that he abused government funds. His colleagues are convinced the arrest was politically motivated. found out what makes domestic funding dangerous for Russian NGOs. [Read more]