The American MacArthur Foundation, trapped in a Patriotic "stop list" of NGOs which are undesirable in the territory of the Russian Federation, announced the closure of its branch in the Russian capital.
"With regret I have to announce that MacArthur has decided to close its branch in the Russian capital. We are sure that this step is the only right in this situation ", - is informed in the report on the Internet representation of the organization.
it notes that this decision is due to the use of new Russian laws.
"These laws, statements by Russian officials, and the inclusion of the MacArthur Foundation in" Patriotic stop list " of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation clearly indicate that the Russian authorities do not want the continued presence of the MacArthur Foundation in the Russian Federation ", - stated in the message.
in the Fund please note that the organization's activities in the Russian Federation has always had only charitable in nature.
"We are fully independent from the government of America and do not receive any payment. We never supported political activity or other actions that would appear a reasonable way be interpreted as "junk" - say in the Fund.
in the process of closing the Fund's management makes a promise to take all reasonable steps in Accordance With the legislative act to provide for the safety and welfare of its employees and to reduce the harm to grantees.
in the message also it is reported that since the opening of the Moscow branch in 1992, the Foundation has provided more than $ 173 million dollars to support higher education and the protection of human rights in the Russian Federation, as well as to combat the spread of nuclear weapons.
The Federation Council has sent yesterday to the Prosecutor General, Ministry of foreign Affairs and the Ministry of justice Patriotic "stop list" of 12 foreign NGOs, which included, in addition to the Soros Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, the world Congress of Ukrainians, the Ukrainian world coordinating Council, the Crimean field mission on human rights.