06MOSCOW11831, NGO RE-REGISTRATION UPDATE: NDI, IRI APPROVED

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06MOSCOW11831 2006-10-20 15:01 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO5889
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #1831 2931501
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 201501Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4317
INFO RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 011831 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/20/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM EAID KDEM PREF RS
SUBJECT: NGO RE-REGISTRATION UPDATE:  NDI, IRI APPROVED 
 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel A. Russell. 
Reasons 1.4 (b and d). 
 
1.  (U) The Federal Registration Service (FRS) informed NDI 
and IRI on October 20 that they had been re-registered.  IRI 
has already been added to the list of approved organizations 
on the FRS website.  Both were told to pick up their 
documents on October 23.  Amid heightened international and 
Russian press coverage, much of which emphasized the 
suspension of NGO programs, the registration service 
announced October 20 that 113 organizations have been 
approved, 88 are under consideration, and 20 had applications 
that were returned for revision.  According to the FRS 
website, 59 of those registered are U.S.-based NGOs. 
 
2.  (SBU)  Of the 29 NGOs USAID is tracking, eight have been 
registered, 20 submitted applications by the October 18 
deadline and are awaiting FRS' decision, and one did not 
submit before the deadline.  The four PRM-funded NGOS 
providing humanitarian aid in the North Caucasus, which are 
included in USAID's tracking, have all submitted their 
documents and are waiting for decisions.  Separately, 33 of 
about 49 U.S. adoption agencies have been registered. 
 
3.  (SBU) Other foreign NGOs are also receiving registration 
approvals.  Significantly, the largest humanitarian aid 
organization in the North Caucasus, the Danish Refugee 
Council, was approved on October 19.  A contact at the German 
Embassy said that four of six foundations funded by the 
German Government had been re-registered, and she did not 
expect difficulties with the other two, which are political 
foundations. 
 
4.  (SBU) Most NGOs have suspended their operations in the 
interim, either giving staff time off or bringing in only 
essential personnel to perform administrative tasks.  An 
attorney working with several NGOs told us she was cautiously 
optimistic that the remaining NGOs would be re-registered. 
 
5.  (C)  COMMENT:  The registration of NDI, a lightning rod 
for GOR suspicions, sends a strong positive signal that the 
registration process for foreign NGOS is largely technical, 
and not political. 
BURNS

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