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Soros-Backed NGO Braces for Polish Crackdown Over Norway Aid

  • Warsaw-based Batory Foundation fears it will lose financing
  • Hungary already seeking to shut Soros-founded university
George Soros

George Soros

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A Polish non-profit group financed by George Soros is bracing for government efforts to curb its work, the latest attack on the billionaire’s civil-society activities in eastern Europe.

The Warsaw-based Batory Foundation, responsible for distributing some of the 809.3 million euros ($882 million) Norway plans to give Poland by 2021 to reduce economic and social disparities, is afraid it will be starved of funding. Poland wants the chunk that’s earmarked for building civic society to be managed by a state-run entity, Deputy Prime Minster Piotr Glinski said last month. Norway requires the cash to be handed out by an independent body.