Foreign Ministry bans two Swedish state organizations from working in Russia

The Swedish International Development Agency and the Swedish Institute were banned in Russia— two state organizations that promote the Swedish culture and language abroad, according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In Russia, they implement the Swedish strategy to support democracy, human rights and the environment, which is funded by the state. However, at present, the projects of both organizations, including within the framework of this strategy, “do not meet the stated goals of promoting the development of bilateral humanitarian and environmental cooperation, but focus on the desire to destabilize Russian society,” the Foreign Ministry said. “The financing of such projects, despite repeated reminders from the Russian side of the need to make them transparent, was non-transparent,” — noted in the department.

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