July 29, 2005: Headlines: COS - Russia: Intelligence Issues: Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh: Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB told the Russian parliament in May that the UK and US and other foreign secret services were trying to bring about revolutions in Russia and other former Soviet countries, using NGOs as cover.

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Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB told the Russian parliament in May that the UK and US and other foreign secret services were trying to bring about revolutions in Russia and other former Soviet countries, using NGOs as cover.

Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB told the Russian parliament in May that the UK and US and other foreign secret services were trying to bring about revolutions in Russia and other former Soviet countries, using NGOs as cover.

Patrushev had pointed the finger at the US Peace Corps and the UK's Merlin, a medical relief organisation. Both groups and the US and UK embassies issued strong denials.

Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB told the Russian parliament in May that the UK and US and other foreign secret services were trying to bring about revolutions in Russia and other former Soviet countries, using NGOs as cover.

A vow to end foreign political funding

Neil Buckley

7/29/2005

At a meeting with human rights leaders in the Kremlin, Mr Putin said he had information that money from abroad was being funnelled through NGOs to fund political projects, sometimes in "sensitive areas".

"We are against the financing from abroad of political activities [by NGOs] in Russia. I categorically oppose it," Mr Putin said. "No self-respecting state allows this, and neither will we." Mr Putin's remarks echoed the words of Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB. Mr Patrushev told the Russian parliament in May that the UK and US and other foreign secret services were trying to bring about revolutions in Russia and other former Soviet countries, using NGOs as cover.

Patrushev had pointed the finger at the US Peace Corps and the UK's Merlin, a medical relief organisation. Both groups and the US and UK embassies issued strong denials.

"Under the cover of implementing humanitarian and educational programmes in Russian regions, (NGOs) lobby for the interests of certain countries and gather classified information," Mr Patrushev told the Duma.

The statements reflect fears within the Kremlin of a repeat in Russia of revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia in the past two years, in which western-funded NGOs played a role.

Sergei Markov, a political analyst close to the Kremlin who attended the recent meeting, suggested Mr Putin's remarks related to funding of political parties, as well as NGOs "with a semi-political position".

Mr Markov said they were probably aimed at foreign groups such as George Soros' Open Society fund and at exiled Russian "oligarchs" such as Boris Berezovsky and Leonid Nevzlin.

Both Mr Berezovsky, who fled Russia after coming under attack by the authorities shortly after Mr Putin came to power, and Mr Nevzlin, a former business associate of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Yukos oil chief, who is wanted on criminal charges in Russia, have hinted they might fund opposition groups.

Mr Markov said Mr Putin had referred specifically to the foreign funds flowing into Ukraine before last December's "Orange" revolution, though Putin said the biggest reason for the overthrow of the former regime in Kiev was its weakness and unpopularity.

"This was some kind of reflection that [Mr Putin] doesn't want to repeat their mistakes," Markov said.

But Mr Putin's latest comments came amid pledges to remove bureaucratic obstacles to foreign grants for non-political activities by NGOs, and to increase Russian state and private-sector funding for domestic non-profit organisations.

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