CAF looks for way round Russian Bill

The Charities Aid Foundation in Russia has said it will find a way to enable international NGOs to continue operating in the country after politicians published a Bill threatening to ban them.

Olga Alexeeva, chief executive of CAF Russia, described the Bill, which has the support of President Putin, as "a serious threat to international organisations. Foreign charities will be not able to exist in Russia."

The Bill, which was drafted by a cross-party group of Russian MPs, means that foreign NGOs will only be able to exist as membership bodies with Russian members.

Alexeeva said the law could shut down many activities run by international NGOs. But she added that CAF was examining the law to see if foreign organisations could find a way round it.

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