The Temporary Aberration of George Soros Charities in Russia.
The Open Society Foundations date back to 1979 when their pioneer, founder and director George Soros ventured into philanthropy. These foundations have grown in every society across the globe due to their real agenda.
Open Society Foundations look after the interest of human societies. They believe in a world that believes in diversity. What makes us different makes us stand out as unique beings. We must learn to accept and embrace diversity as one of the truths of life. As such, every human being ought to be treated equally.
George Soros structured these groups to operate independently and deal with the widespread problems in their geographical area. Resultantly, a vast network of collaborating partners come together to make projects work. Their fields of focus include education, economic empowerment, promotion of democracy which incorporates the voices of the people and, therefore, an open society. They also call for accountability in governance.
Some of the noble works associated with the open society foundations include educating underprivileged children in Roma, South Africa, Ukraine and other parts of the world. They have also empowered marginalized groups and assisted refugees and victims of civil war and conflicts. Some of the partners they work with include the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Global Witness and the International Crisis Group.
This year, the network has begun in a hushed tone. It has lost substantial ground regarding progress in Russia. The Russian government launched attacks on the societies late last year. Two Democratic groups, the OSF and OSIAF were banned and declared threats to the Constitution and, therefore, the security of the state.
Russia acted on the prohibition by launching an operation to destroy the work done by the groups. To the dismay of the foundations, books donated to schools in the Komi province have been burned and shredded. These books contained topics on the principles of humanitarianism and democracy.
The situation has courted controversy. In a statement released by the Open Society, they termed the accusation as contradictory. Further evidence showed that since inception, the open societies have compounded the rule of law in Russia and promoted human rights. In an official statement, OSF cited its cordial relationship with the Russian people as well as their strategic partnerships with civil groups.
George Soros on his part remained categorical that the wishes of the Russian people would prevail, and the current situation might end soon. In other quotas, it’s feared Russia’s attack on the OSF was a statement to George Soros who differs with Russia’s foreign policy and a host of other issues. A classic example is a publication by Soros citing what should be done by Europe and other Western powers to stop Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
Last year, Soros urged donors to fund Ukraine to the tune of $50 million so it could strengthen its arsenal. George Soros also criticizes Russia’s President Vladimir Putin terming him as a retrogressive leader who loves war. Such strong sentiment might have prompted Russia to send the ban notice.