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Billionaire Prokhorov To Pay Russian Rights Group's Rent

Mikhail Prokhorov
Mikhail Prokhorov
The leader of Russia's Civil Platform party, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, says he will pay annual office rent for a prominent rights group in Moscow.

Prokhorov's party announced that its leader decided to give the For Human Rights group up to 1.5 million rubles ($45,600) after he met with the group's leader, Lev Ponomaryov.

On June 21, police raided the offices of For Human Rights in central Moscow and demanded the group vacate the premises.

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Moscow authorities said that the lease on the offices in a building which belongs to the city administration had expired.

Ponomaryov says his group will continue fighting to overturn the authorities' decision.

Russian rights groups have come under pressure after a law requiring NGOs involved in political activities and receiving funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents" was adopted recently.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and RIA Novosti

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