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US aid agency expelled from Russia

20 September 2012 Last updated at 02:43 BST

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced it will close its offices in Russia following an order from the authorities.

The Russian government gave the US until 1 October to close the mission, accusing it of meddling in politics. USAID has worked in Russia for two decades, spending nearly $3bn (£1.8bn) on aid and democratic programmes.

The expulsion follows a government crackdown on pro-democracy groups.

Steve Rosenberg reports.