RUSSIA: European Endowment for Democracy, an “undesirable organisation”
Statement by the Spokesperson
EEAS (16.03.2020) – https://bit.ly/39X99SB – The decision by the Russian authorities to include the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) on their list of “undesirable organisations” is unacceptable.
The EED is a values-based organisation. It represents tenets and principles that are shared by the EU, its Member States, and by many other countries around the world.
We urge the relevant Russian authorities to reconsider their decision, and withdraw the European Endowment for Democracy from the list of “undesirable organisations”.
The EU has repeatedly condemned the Russian legislation on “undesirable organisations” and “foreign agents”. Both laws contribute to restricting civil society, independent media and political opposition, and have a negative impact on the work of civil society in Russia.
Democracy is a universal value that includes respect for human rights as enshrined in international law.