8 Apr 2020 22:44

Russian Prosecutor General's Office rules to recognize U.S.-based Jamestown Foundation undesirable organization

MOSCOW. April 8 (Interfax) - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has found the activities of the Jamestown Foundation, a U.S.-based non-profit NGO, undesirable in Russia.

"Having studied materials received by the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, it resolved to recognize the activities of the Jamestown Foundation (JF, based in the U.S.), a foreign non-governmental organization, as undesirable in the Russian Federation," the Russian oversight agency told Interfax on Wednesday.

The foundation's activities "constitute a threat to the fundamentals of the constitutional system and security of the Russian Federation," it said.

Efforts made by the foundation's experts and analysts have been aimed at stoking ethnic separatism in the Russian Federation's national republics and at propagandizing for some territories' separation from the country, it said.

"It pays special attention to the North Caucasus regions, where JF is actively using Circassia-related issues to foster nationalist sentiment and complicate interethnic relations. JF is also pushing forward the idea of changing the territorial organization of our country," prosecutors said.

Information about the resolution has been sent to the Russian Justice Ministry for relevant data to be entered into the register of foreign and international non-governmental organizations (NGO) recognized as undesirable in the Russian Federation, they said.

The Jamestown Foundation will become the 21st foreign NGO recognized as undesirable in Russia.