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  • Norbert Strade
    OPERATIONS OF MOST NGO PROJECTS IN RUSSIA FROZEN. Many human rights and humanitarian projects are being frozen as a result of the suspension of the operations
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      OPERATIONS OF MOST NGO PROJECTS IN RUSSIA FROZEN.

      Many human rights and humanitarian projects are being frozen as a result
      of the suspension of the operations of a number of foreign
      non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia, Lyudmila Alekseyeva,
      head of Moscow Helsinki Group, told Interfax on November 1. “About 100
      out of 500 organizations have been re-registered,” she said. “The
      problem is that the rest of the organizations suspended their
      operations.” Human rights activists report that dozens of subsidiaries
      of foreign NGOs refused to go through re-registration, because they
      found the procedure too complex, Alekseyeva added.

      The Human Rights Watch office in Moscow and the Amnesty International
      resource center have not been re-registered as yet, according to
      Interfax. However, branches of the international organization Doctors
      Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) were re-registered.
      Dutch, Belgian, and French branch offices of the MSF operate in Russia.
      The Moscow office of the Danish Refugee Council, a large humanitarian
      organization working in the North Caucasus, has also been re-registered
      and now operates normally.

      The Federal Registration Service told Interfax that as of October 27,
      131 branch offices of foreign NGOs were re-registered, while documents
      of 57 NGOs have been checked and processed, and documents of 22 NGOs
      were returned for re-working.


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      Friday, November 3, 2006
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