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A man passes by the office of Memorial rights group in Moscow, on 21 November 2012. The building has the words “Foreign Agent (Loves) USA” spray-painted on its facade by unidentified people

How do you take down an NGO in Eastern Europe? Accuse it of being a spy

While the consequences of being a “foreign agent” in Vladimir Putin’s Russia are not as extreme as they were under Joseph Stalin, they do set some foreboding precedents in the region, namely for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The trend has directly impacted two IFEX members – the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (based in Azerbaijan) and Freedom House (based in the U.S.)

A man passes by the office of Memorial rights group in Moscow, on 21 November 2012. The building has the words “Foreign Agent (Loves) USA” spray-painted on its facade by unidentified people

Europe & Central Asia | Access to Information

How do you take down an NGO in Eastern Europe? Accuse it of being a spy

Caro Rolando for IFEX

While the consequences of being a “foreign agent” in Vladimir Putin’s Russia are not as extreme as they were under Joseph Stalin, they do set some foreboding precedents in the region, namely for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The trend has directly impacted two IFEX members – the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (based in Azerbaijan) and Freedom House (based in the U.S.)

Mohammed Zaree, director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies’ Egypt program, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his office in Cairo, Egypt

Egypt | Freedom of Assembly

What's in the cards for Egypt's independent NGOs?

Hiba Zayadin for IFEX

Rights-focused independent civil society groups are more important now than ever to Egyptian society. And yet, although their independence is guaranteed in the constitution, the current government has been employing every tool at its disposal to silence them.

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