The Norwegian government continued construction of a fence at the Storskog border crossing in the Sor-Varanger province, along the border with Russia, Friday, after thousands of Syrian refugees reportedly fled into the country.
Russian authorities have been using a “foreign agents” law from 2012 to blacklist groups receiving international funding and engaging in activities deemed political. The vague law implies such activities are disloyal and has been applied to more than 100 organizations, many of them charities forced to scale back their activities or shut down.
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