Magazine article Russian Life

Soros under Siege: Philanthropic Organization in Dispute with Landlord

Magazine article Russian Life

Soros under Siege: Philanthropic Organization in Dispute with Landlord

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In November, a paramilitary group seized the Moscow offices of the Soros Open Society Institute, a charity Owned by American billionaire George Soros, confiscating the foundation's computers and archives. The raid was ordered by the building's owner, ostensibly to end a long-stewing dispute over rent. Yet Soros staff and some observers have suggested that the raid may have been politically motivated.

The raid came shortly after George Soros publicly criticized the jailing of Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky, calling it persecution that was designed to force businesses to submit to the State. Less than a week after the initial raid, a second left four Soros security guards injured.

The Soros Foundation is heavily involved in promoting civil society and the development of democratic ideals, chiefly in former Soviet bloc countries. George Soros, who has long had difficult relations with Moscow, has worked in Russia for 15 years and has spent nearly a billion dollars here. …

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