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A senior official in Washington rejected claims Thursday that non-governmental organizations in Russia were working for the United States
A senior official in Washington rejected claims Thursday that non-governmental organizations in Russia were working for the United States. Barry Lowenkron, the assistant secretary of state for democracy and human rights, told journalists attending a briefing that the Bush administration and the Russian government had discussed a new law on NGOs in Russia that has been heavily criticized in the West. The legislation comes into effect in April 10 and places restrictions in the organizations, which some Russian politicians have said work against Russia's interests. Lawmakers and political scientists have claimed that the organizations helped "color revolutions" in neighboring ex-Soviet countries, particularly Ukraine and Georgia, which swept away the ruling elite in favor of West-leaning authorities. Officials in Washington have criticized Russia's "backsliding" on democracy under President Vladimir Putin. Lowenkron said the U.S. would continue to support NGOs and added that Congress was closely following the issue. The official also said Russia and the U.S. remained divided over the issue.
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