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You're reading: International Renaissance Foundation: Statement on systemic repressions against civil society in Ukraine

Similar demands from investigative bodies of the
taxation authority and the Ministry of the Interior came to many other NGOs and
individual collaborators of the IRF. The IRF Executive Director has received a
summons to be interrogated as a witness in a case that investigates alleged
violations by the NGOs and the IRF.

There is no doubt that neither the IRF nor the partner
NGOs have committed any wrongdoing. Evidently, the investigative bodies serve
in this case only as obedient performers of a political order given by the
Ukrainian authorities. 

Despite the
“dictatorial”
laws
of
Jan. 16, 2014, were
formally repealed,
the
authorities try
to
apply
them
de-facto with the help of groundless criminal persecution of civil society organizations and their donors.

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