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Russia Accuses U.S. of Meddling

Russia's foreign ministry has accused Washington of meddling in its internal affairs, by channeling funds to non-governmental organizations to get around Moscow's restrictions.

The complaint Saturday from Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich follows U.S. State Department condemnation of Moscow for conducting raids on dozens of raids on NGOs in recent weeks, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Rights activists link the searches to a controversial law forcing foreign-funded NGOs involved in politics to register as foreign agents.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters this week that Washington is providing funding through platforms outside of Russia. She called the Russian raids "witch hunts."

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