icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Russia bans America's liberal Bard College, labelling it as 'undesirable organization' threatening country's 'order and security'

Russia bans America's liberal Bard College, labelling it as 'undesirable organization' threatening country's 'order and security'
Authorities in Moscow have labelled an American liberal arts university working in the country as ‘undesirable’ and banned it following claims it’s working to undermine the government and threatening the security of the state.

In a statement issued by the office of the Prosecutor General on Tuesday, officials said that the decision to blacklist Bard College was made based on evidence “its activities pose a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation.”

The organization, based in New York state, will now face an effective ban against operating in the country. A private liberal arts college, Bard boasts of its wide network of global placements that allow its students to “engage in international dialogue.” One such link is with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Smolny College, part of St. Petersburg State University.

Also on rt.com Russia declares Atlantic Council think tank an ‘undesirable’ organization – what exactly is it?

The American institution describes its mission as seeking “to inspire curiosity, a love of learning, idealism, and a commitment to the link between higher education and civic participation.”

Bard College has received numerous grants from billionaire philanthropist George Soros and his network of organizations. In 2020, it received a gift of $100 million from the Hungarian businessman’s Open Society Foundation, followed by a $500 million endowment the following year.

Other organizations declared by Russian authorities to be ‘undesirable organizations’ include pro-NATO lobby group The Atlantic Council, which received the label in 2019. The law forbids groups given the designation from opening offices or disseminating materials in the country. Those found to be affiliated with them can face fines of up to 100,000 (around $1,370) rubles or prison terms of two to six years.

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.