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US Department of State statement on NGO Inspections in Russia

Washington, D.C.

The United States is deeply concerned by the unprecedented wave of inspections of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups across Russia, including now religious and educational organizations. These inspections appear to be aimed at undermining important civil society activities across the country. We have shared our concerns with the Government of Russia, and we also remain disturbed by the series of laws passed by the Government of Russia in 2012 and that are continuing to be looked at in 2013, which continue to impose harsh restrictions on NGOs in Russia.

The United States will continue to voice our concerns privately and publicly as we strive for open dialogue on civil society and human rights issues with the Government of Russia and civil society groups. We continue to support those in Russia who are working to strengthen civil society in Russia, as we do globally.