Washington, DC - We are deeply troubled by the Russian government’s decision to designate the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) as so-called “undesirable” organizations. Throughout the world, IRI and MDIF promote openness, accountability in government, and media freedom, principles Russia should seek to promote, not to suppress.

The people of Russia deserve transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution. We again call on the Government of the Russian Federation to uphold its international obligations and commitments to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to eliminate such restrictions on the important work of civil society organizations in Russia.