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Russian Official Invokes ‘Foreign Agent’ Law to Bar Homeless Shelter

Expand Free-of-charge laundry for the homeless in St. Petersburg, Russia. © Nochlezhka In past years, Russia’s authorities have frequently resorted to the pernicious “foreign agents” law to silence critics of the government. Now a Moscow official is trying to leverage this law against a homeless shelter. Last week, a deputy of Moscow’s Begovoy district council sent a complaint to President Vladimir Putin’s office urging federal authorities to designate a charity that helps the homeless as a “foreign agent.” In Russia, nongovernmental organizations can be labeled “foreign agents” – a term generally…

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