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Monday, August 08, 2005


NDI denies funding Yeni Fikir

From Radio Free Europe:

Nelson Ledsky, who is regional director for Eurasia of the U.S. National Democratic Institute, told RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service by telephone on 5 August that there is no truth to the allegation by the Azerbaijani Prosecutor-General's Office that the NDI provided funds to the Azerbaijani youth organization Yeni Fikir. That youth group's leader, Ruslan Bashirli, has been charged with plotting to overthrow the Azerbaijani authorities (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 5 August 2005). Ledsky explained that the NDI conducts programs in 50-60 countries worldwide but does not provide funds to individual parties or groups and is banned by U.S. law from doing so.

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