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Putin says funding for NGOs should be distributed by independent operators

July 04, 2013, 17:29 UTC+3
The Russian President noted that of the 3 billion roubles provided, 2.3 billion were distributed on a competitive basis
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NOVO OGAREVO, July 4 (Itar-Tass) - President Vladimir Putin said the funding provided to NGOs should be distributed by independent operators.

At a meeting with Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin, and Ella Pamfilova, head of the public movement Civil Dignity, on Thursday, July 4, Putin said the government has trebled the amount of funding to NGOs this year.

“Naturally, this [distribution of funding] should be done in an impartial manner,” he stressed.

Putin noted that of the 3 billion roubles provided, 2.3 billion were distributed on a competitive basis.

The president said he was aware of the human rights activists’ position that this funding should not go directly from the state to NGOs and that it should be “distributed by an independent operator trusted by these organisations.”

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