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Russian Human Rights NGO Folds Its Work, Goes Underground

  • Associated Press

Igor Kalyapin, head of Russia's Committee Against Torture, speaks during a press conference in Moscow, Russia, July 28, 2015.

Igor Kalyapin, head of Russia's Committee Against Torture, speaks during a press conference in Moscow, Russia, July 28, 2015.

A prominent Russian human rights group's leader says the organization is closing its operations because of a repressive law, but it has come up with a plan to continue its work.

Russian law requires non-governmental organizations that receive funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents."

Igor Kolyapin, head of the Committee Against Torture, told reporters Tuesday the organization will be "liquidated" this week after the Justice Ministry listed the group as a "foreign agent."

Kolyapin said they have set up a new head office that won't accept foreign funding, thus being able to dodge the listing.

His associates also have founded six other NGOs, which will receive foreign funding, to carry out the actual work. The six groups won't publicize their work, also hoping to avoid the "foreign agent" listing.

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