Book Confiscation and Burning
As reported by a CNBC article, a college in northern Russia burned 53 books that were associated with the Open Society charities of George Soros. The books were related to the Renewal of Humanitarian Education program, and a search took place at college libraries across Russia’s northern republic of Komi to locate manuals and textbooks associated with this project. In total, 427 books were confiscated to be shredded according to an official letter from the regional education ministry. In December 2015, local media released an intergovernmental letter where a presidential envoy stated the charities held a perverted perception of history and had directives that went against Russian ideology.
Banning of George Soros Charities in Russia
Tension started between hedge fund billionaire George Soros and the Russian State in July 2015 when the Russian government placed the Open Society charities on a list of organizations that used soft aggression in the country. At that time, the government dropped hints about a potential banning of the charities.
In December 2015, the Russian government did ban the charities, as seen in another CNBC article. The Russian government reported the reason for this ban was that the charities posed a threat to state security and the constitutional foundations of the Russian Federation.
More On The Open Society Charities
George Soros used his incredible success in the stock market to found the Open Society Foundations and Open Society Institute. He initially put these charities in place to assist countries in transitioning from communism, but the charities currently engage in projects that promote global democracy.
The charities operate upon the principles of governmental accountability and individuals rights, reports the Open Society Foundations website. The network of partners, foundations, and projects associated with the charities exists in more than 100 countries. Among other activities, the charities provide support to lawyers and paralegals who represent unlawfully held individuals. The charities help disadvantaged individuals pay for college as well, including refugees of armed conflicts.