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Friday, July 20, 2012

Am I a Foreign Agent in Putin's Russia?

Russia's parliament recently adopted a requirement that all NGOs that receive funds from abroad register as a "foreign agent" (inostranny agent, as in the old days). International charities are ordering new stationery that identifies them as "foreign agents." I guess on my next visit to Russia, I might have to register as a foreign agent myself.

At least "foreign agent" does not carry the death penalty as it did under Stalin.

I guess Russia under Putin does not worry about the ham-fisted impression that such measures create. Oh well.

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