US aid agency expelled from Russia

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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.

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