Russia Expels USAID Development Agency

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced it will close its offices in Russia following an order from the authorities there to cease operations.

The Russian government gave the US a deadline of October 1st to close the mission, accusing it of meddling in politics.

USAID has worked in Russia for two decades, spending nearly $3billion on aid and democratic programmes, but this expulsion follows a government crackdown on pro-democracy groups.

The Russian foreign ministry says that the decision was taken mainly because, the work of the agency’s officials far from always responded to the stated goals of development and humanitarian cooperation, in terms of attempts to influence political processes through its grants.

Earlier this year, President Vladimir Putin alleged that protests surrounding his re-election were orchestrated by US-funded NGOs.

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