Russian Book Burning Targets George Soros Charity


Russian College Book Burning

As reported by a CNBC article, 53 books linked to a George Soros charity were burned by a college in northern Russia. In addition, college libraries in the northern republic of Komi were searched for manuals and textbooks related to a project by a George Soros charity. The 53 books related to the Renewal of Humanitarian Education program by the charity. Another 427 books were taken away for shredding according to a letter from the regional education ministry. The charity, called Open Society Foundations, funds projects for building democracy across the globe.

Tension Between George Soros and The Russian State

Prior to the burning incident, the Russian government grouped the George Soros charity along with other pro-democracy organizations that are accused of committing soft aggression. Russian news reports referenced an intergovernmental letter claiming that the charity was making ideological directives that go against Russian ideology.

George Soros Charities Banned

According to another CNBC article, Russia ended up banning the Open Society Foundations and Open Society Institute of George Soros in November 2015. Russia claimed these charities threatened state security and the Russian constitution, and the charities were placed on a list of foreign non-governmental organizations that are seen as engaging in undesirable activities by the Russian State. George Soros funded these charities in an effort to assist countries in their transition from communism, but the Russian State felt as though the charities threaten the foundations of the Russian Federation.

More On The Charities

Based on a page from the Open Society Foundations website, George Soros used his tremendous amount of success in the stock market to fund the Open Society charities. The charities have projects in more than 100 countries, and they operate on the principle of an open society in which the government respects the rights of individuals. The activities of these charities have resulted in numerous positive outcomes, including the creation of Central European University after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Open Society charities have funded school for thousands of students, including refugees from armed conflicts and young people from marginalized groups. George Soros also supports other independent organizations, including the European Council on Foreign Relations.