"Under cover": what stands behind "the Russian humanitarian funds"?

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At the end of November to heads of the Russian fund "Priznaniye" (the private non-governmental association calling also "Fund российско - the Ukrainian humanitarian communications" to Vladimir Frolov and Evgenia Miskova refused entry into Ukraine.

This ban stirred up the slow Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which has pecked on possibility of removal to the neighbor of the final Chinese warning. "on November 24 in Ukraine, at the Kiev airport Borispol, happened the next incident to the Russian citizens, brightly highlighted hypocrisy of those government officials who in words stand up for constructive dialogue with Russia, but bilateral contacts" in practice block, - was told in the message the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The angry rhetoric of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning heads nobody the private fund working in Ukraine, against deafening silence of their colleagues on shop, looks illogical, but quite explainable.

Interest to Priznaniye fund activity from official Russian structures is obvious. Evgeny Kozhokin and the ambassador of Russia in Moldova Valery Kuzmin took part in presentation of this to nobody known public organization in Moldova in September of this year the deputy general director of Federal agency on affairs of the CIS, the compatriots living abroad, and on the international humanitarian cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo). In the Crimea on presentation of fund there was Alexander Bludyshev - the president of Nizhegordosky branch of the Russian Institute of the national strategy headed by the "court" political strategist Stanislav Belkovsky. One of heads of "Recognition" of PR-technologist Sergey Borisov, on "combination of circumstances" heads the Nizhny Novgorod center "Mera" rendering various expert services to the Russian government. Besides, functioning of fund in the Crimea is ensured by structures of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The resonance in power structures in Russia after the fact of detention of "scientists" in Kiev is surprising also.So, deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation flayed the decision of the Ukrainian authorities not to let in on the territory of the country of citizens of Russia who had to take part in especially resonant international conference any hardly on problems of youth policy. So, the head of State Duma Committee of affairs of the CIS Alexey Ostrovsky called the decision of Kiev "discrimination". According to the politician which gave radio "Ekho Moskvy", "the leadership of Ukraine goes for conscious strain of relations between the countries on the eve of presidential election".

However on the example of Priznaniye fund we see at all any "discrimination" from the Ukrainian authorities, and absolutely on the contrary - actions against Ukraine of the Russian side, carried out under a roof of "non-governmental" structures. The strong resonance caused in the Kremlin by a ban on entrance to Ukraine of Russian "scientists" who nominally in any way don't represent neither official Russian science, nor the government Russian institutions and sought to get not on any sign, indicative action of interstate level, reveal serious interest in "travel" of these misters from the Russian state structures. And "specifics" of their activity allow to find communication between interest of the Kremlin in this fund and real (instead of declared) the policy pursued by Russia in relation to Ukraine.

Actually, the numerous facts which became common property - media, and completely confirmed by the Ukrainian militiamen, testify that employees of "Recognition", unregistered in judicial authorities of the Russian private organization supported by official Moscow, were engaged in financing of the pro-Russian forces in the Crimea. And also - creation of positions in mass media for formation of public opinion, carrying out custom-made opinion polls and the organization of mass anti-Ukrainian actions.

According to experts, possibilities of the similar organizations for management of public opinion and to influence on political processes are great. The monthly budget of "humanitarian" funds can make hundreds thousands dollars which, according to the official version, are spent for "strengthening российско - the Ukrainian communications in the field of culture, science, education and sports". If to consider that recently the Russian non-governmental funds in Ukraine grow as mushrooms after a rain, there is an impressive picture of occurring shadow processes in socially - political life of the country.

It is impossible to claim that the Priznaniye fund is too valuable among others. The situation which as Moscow lets know, it won't allow to become precedent is valuable the importance and consequences. That is - despite all conversations on friendship between Ukraine and Russia at the level of global assurances of foreign policy departments of two powers, in reality we observe absolutely other picture. Namely - that Russia doesn't stop and, seemingly, doesn't think to stop the obviously expressed anti-Ukrainian activity which center long ago there was the Crimea in foreseeable prospect. And all conversations on goodwill and constructivism in the relations, - alas, no more than words.

Sergey Kuznetsov


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