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Russia brands Kremlin critic's anti-corruption group 'foreign agent' - RIA

Russia brands Kremlin critic's anti-corruption group 'foreign agent' - RIA
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a rally to demand the release of jailed protesters, who were detained during opposition demonstrations for fair elections, in Moscow, Russia September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov -
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Justice Ministry on Wednesday formally labelled opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption group a “foreign agent”, the RIA news agency reported.

Russian authorities can designate groups it says receive funding from abroad as foreign agents – a term that carries a negative Soviet-era connotation – under a 2012 law that was heavily criticised by Western governments.

Civil society groups designed as foreign agents have to apply for inclusion in a government register, submit regular reports on their sources of funding, on their objectives, on how they spend their money, and who their managers are.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Heavens)

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