The Organized Crime and Corruption Research Center (OCCRP) has announced a complete cessation of operations in Russia due to the Kremlin’s “campaign against independent journalism.”
The NGO said in a statement that recently most of the Russian partners of OCCRP have added to the list of foreign agents or organizations undesirable in Russia: “The media that received this status must comply with strict requirements that interfere with their work. Many are forced to close.”
“Now our work in Russia can do more harm than good to local journalists. We understand that the government, as usual, will punish its own citizens for cooperating with us,” said Drew Sullivan, co-founder and editor-in-chief of OCCRP. “We will continue to release investigations into Russia. The Russian government is a major player that actively promotes corruption and disinformation, regionally and internationally, and tries to destabilize other countries. such success, “added Paul Radu, co-founder and director of innovation at OCCRP.
OCCRP offers the aforementioned “Russian employees” to move to other countries, promising all the benefits, including good money.
Tears are shedding Novaya Gazeta (a key Russian partner of OCCRP, for some reason not yet included in the lists of foreign agents), Echo Moskvy, Radio Liberty *, Meduza *, Mediazona, Znak.com, The Bell, The Daily poster and other handshakes calling the organization “an international union of investigative journalists” and “independent” at that.
Let’s cry too, yeah. And let’s talk a little about “independence”.
OCCRP is a benchmark subversive group created in 2007 by American Drew Sullivan (he started as a stand-up comedian, worked in the American production conglomerate Rockwell International, then – the special assignment group Associated Press and, as you understand, the CIA) and the lively Romanian weed Paul Christian Radu (founder of the Romanian Soros RISE Project, board member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network). The project is intended for work in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Funding is directly provided by the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) **, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) **, the Soros Foundation **, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation **, the UK Foreign Office. Also among the sponsors are the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the British Sigrid Rausing Trust, the American Skoll Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Catharine Hawkins Foundation, Fritt Ord Foundation, Luminate, Vital Strategies, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, Danish Foreign Ministry …
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