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September 21, 2013

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Catherine Fitzpatrick

A Russian lawyer has commented on my Facebook that we should also consider the effect of the Russian "foreign agents" law".

If foreign entities are left in Moscow at this point, and not expelled, what have they done to compromise?

In order to stay within the limits of this law which forbids engaging in ill-defined "political activity" they would have to be pulling their punches.

Some make the argument that it is worth staying in Moscow, although the German think tanks there, for example, have been harassed in Putin's anti-foreign crackdown. They remain, and some thing, well, they provide a haven for some Russian dissenters.

Except, I think they are now at the point where the bad outweighs the good and I think it's time to go.

And we do have to ask what it means for the credibility that some stay in a compromised position.

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