A charity created by hedge fund billionaire George Soros has been deemed a “security threat” by Russian authorities. In a statement released by the General Prosecutor’s Office of Russia, it was confirmed that two branches of the charity network have been banned.
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Open Society Institute (OSI) were both placed on what is known as a “stop list” by the Russian state.
According to CNBC, 53 books linked to the charity were burned by a college in northern Russia. The official letter from the regional education ministry also noted there was an additional 427 books seized for shredding.
In other words, anything that is in anyway related to Soros and his charities will at some point be destroyed. A letter released to the local media in Russia quoted a presidential envoy as saying Soros’ charities were “forming a perverted perception of history and making ideological directives, alien to Russian ideology, popular.”
A translated version of the press statement released by the General Prosecutor’s Office read as follows, “It was found that the activity of the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation represents a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state.”
The Open Society Foundations first caught the attention of Russian officials back in July 2015. During this time the Russian government was considering a ban on certain organizations they viewed as pro democracy.
They felt these organizations were causing some of their citizens to form what they coined as “soft aggression”.
This isn’t the first time Soros and his charities have come under fire. In October 2015 state politicians in Hungary, Soros’ homeland, accused the billionaire of supporting illegal immigration after he criticized the way the country treated refugees. He suggested all migrants receive $16,000 per year to help cover expenses such as healthcare, education and housing.
The Open Society Foundations was originally formed to help countries move away from communism. Now the charity focuses on building democracy all over the world.