Germany Raps Russia Over Law Against 'Undesirable' NGOs

Germany on Wednesday criticized Russian president Vladimir Putin for signing a law allowing security officials to proceed against foreign and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) if they are deemed undesirable. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said during a regular press conference in Berlin that the law was an attempt to further isolate and discredit members of civil society who were critical of the government. Russia has accused the West of engineering the overthrow of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovich last year through its support for NGOs.