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Russia Bars McCain’s Democracy Group as Security Threat

  • International Republican Institute declared ‘undesirable’
  • NGO was on ‘patriotic stop list’ compiled by legislators
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Russia banned a pro-democracy organization whose chairman is U.S. Senator John McCain as a threat to national security, a month before the country holds parliamentary elections amid its longest recession in two decades.

The International Republican Institute poses “a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and state security,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement Thursday. Another non-governmental organization, the Media Development Investment Fund, was also blacklisted under a law signed by President Vladimir Putin last year.