Skip to comments.Russia expels USAID development agency
Posted on 09/19/2012 4:42:42 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior
The Russian government gave the US until 1 October to close the mission, accusing it of meddling in politics.
USAID has worked in Russia for two decades, spending nearly $3bn (£1.8bn) on aid and democratic programmes.
The expulsion follows a government crackdown on pro-democracy groups.
USAID was due to spend around $50m on its work in Russia this year.
The head of Golos, Liliya Shibanova called it "a bad signal", saying there were very few other sources of funding for election monitoring groups, and that she expected to see other NGOs leaving Russia.
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