NGOs Close as Russia Targets 'Undesirable' Civil Rights Groups

Critics of the Kremlin say a climate of fear is growing in Russia after the upper house of parliament drew up a list of "undesirable" civil rights organization, Two of which decided to close. A Charitable foundation that sponsors science and education called Dynasty, and the Committee Against Torture said they would stop operating after being branded "foreign agents" under a law that applies to groups that receive funding from abroad. Twelve more non-governmental organizations were named on a "patriotic stop-list" approved by the Federation Council upper house on Wednesday. The list was sent to the prosecutor general to consider whether they should be closed.