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Former Soviet Secret Police, KGB, officer Putin, is now Russian President Putin. Putinophiles take heed – the more things change, the more it’s the same thing. His grandfather was the cook for both Lenin and Stalin. (NB: Photo-comment is not in the original Bellona article, but to provide context.)

From Bellona.org: “Two decades of legal harassment dissolve Bellona Murmansk as a Russian NGO – but it will continue its work

Twenty years ago this month, Bellona’s still nascent offices in Murmansk were raided by the FSB, the successor organization to the Soviet KGB, setting in motion a legal Rube Goldberg machine that led to treason allegations against the Bellona’s Alexander Nikitin, and charges against the Bellona itself.
Nuclear submarine dismantlement has been one of Bellona Murmansk's major concerns. (Photo: Bellona Archive)

Twenty years ago this month, Bellona’s still nascent offices in Murmansk were raided by the FSB, the successor organization to the Soviet KGB, setting in motion a legal Rube Goldberg machine that led to treason allegations against the Bellona’s Alexander Nikitin, and charges against the Bellona itself.

In those two decades, Nikitin beat his espionage wrap, and Bellona Murmansk became a vital force in attracting international funding for dismantling Russia’s nuclear naval legacy and spearheading renewable energy efforts on Russia’s Kola Peninsula.

But, the group again faces a vague future after it was declared in March to be a “foreign agent” by Russia’s Justice Ministry, showing that official spy-mania directed against non-profit groups demanding transparency on nuclear and environmental issues is again on an upswing.

On Monday, it surfaced that the group would be forced to stop operating as an NGO, and group chairman Andrei Zolotkov confirmed that Bellona Murmansk was “at a cross roads” and that its eventual liquidation as a non-profit had been announced as early as April.

Bellona Executive Director Nils Bøhmer confirmed Monday that as of Monday Bellona Murmansk is no longer a Russian non-profit, but would still continue its present functions under different auspices.
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With Bellona Murmansk’s liquidation as an NGO becoming official on Monday, it’s clear that Russian authorities bear long-running resentments when it comes to organizations working to improve the country’s nuclear and radiation safety.

Another recent victim of this drive is Nadezhda Kutepova, and her anti-nuclear NGO in the close nuclear town of Ozersk. Once her organization, Planet of Hopes, was placed on the foreign agent list in July, she fled for political asylum in France as it became clear the FSB was drawing up treason charges against her. She liquidated her group late last month.

In June 2014, the anti-nuclear group Ecodefense was tarred as a foreign agent for protesting the construction of the Baltic Nuclear Power Plant. Its co-chair, Vladimir Slivyak, has said his group has for over a year ignored mounting fines for refusing to register as a foreign agent because his group doesn’t act as one.

That’s an across-board-complaint issued by most of the 94 NGO’s currently listed as foreign agents by the Justice Ministry, and Anna Kireeva of Bellona Murmansk is no exception.

“We have never been working as foreign agents, and were never involved in political activity…” Read the rest (details of their harassment 2 decades ago) here: http://bellona.org/news/russian-human-rights-issues/russian-ngo-law/2015-10-two-decades-of-legal-harassment-dissolve-bellona-murmansk-as-a-russian-ngo-but-it-will-continue-its-work
(Emphasis our own).

Photo Credit: Vladimir Putin in KGB uniform
(Владимир Владимирович Путин (Фото из личного дела сотрудника КГБ). Date circa 1980
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vladimir_Putin_in_KGB_uniform.jpg (Since the USSR no longer exists and author is unknown, it should not be copyrighted. Nonetheless, we put this out of a courtesy which the Kremlin is not showing environmentalists. Russia – Tsar Secret Police, KGB, plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose!)