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Russian Bill Would Allow Closure of 'Undesirable' Organizations

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. New laws already have led to increased pressure on nongovernmental organizations, particularly those that receive...

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