Agency for International Development U.S. ( USAID ) has ended its work in Russia, at the request of the Russian side, it said in a press statement issued by the State Department, without specifying the reasons that generated the request of the authorities in Moscow. U.S. State Department notes, however, that although the work of the Development on Russian land came to an end, Washington will continue to support democracy, human rights and building a robust civil society in Russia.
According to Reuters, citing a spokeswoman for the State Department, Victoria Nuland, stating that Wednesday, September 12, 2012 was received notification from the Russian authorities on termination of USAID mission in Russia. “The United States recently received the Russian government’s decision to end USAID activities in the Russian Federation”. This comes in the context where there were already concerns about restrictions on NGOs by new legislation adopted by the State Duma in the first half of this year. At the same time, Nuland expressed hope that USAID programs for Russia, financed by the U.S. will be continued with local funding. Each state is free to decide whether or not to accept assistance from us, Nuland concluded. But, this gesture (undiplomatic) will increase, undoubtedly, the existing tensions between the two countries.
Since 1992, the U.S. budget spent on projects in Russia about $ 2.7 billion, of which about one third – for civil society development. Among the groups to be affected by the withdrawal of USAID from Russia are Golos, which has been majority funded by the American body, the human rights group Memorial and the National Democratic Institute, a senior US government official said.
Agency for International Development was established by President John F. Kennedy through a presidential decree in 1961.