George Soros’ Charities Not Distracted by Russian Ban.
George Soros exhibits the energy of a twenty-year-old even at 85 years. Born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary, George Soros has seen and done it all. He has traversed all continents in the world and left an indelible mark in the hearts and behaviors of many communities. The people of Ukraine and South Africa owe George Soros lots of gratitude.
George Soros climbed to the top of the ladder in investment banking and made a fortune. He has partnered with other successful investors around the world and made a fortune. In 1979, George Soros began yet another noble initiative, the Open Society Foundations. Commonly abbreviated as OSF, the movement receives the backing of George Soros, who doubles up as the founding member and chairperson.
At the time of establishment, George Soros had also founded a hedge fund registered under his name. The assets owned by Soros hedge fund were valued at $100 million while his accumulated wealth counted at around $25 million. The movement spread fast and contributed towards many projects around the globe before Mr. Soros’ retirement in 1990.
The central tenets of the network of organizations include free and critical thinking, embracing diversity, education, health, human rights and freedoms as well as democratic governance. George Soros character makes him stand out and survive even in controversial situations. Recently, he dismissed the actions of the Russian authorities of banning two open society groups in Northern Russia as just a temporary aberration.
These two groups spread democratic and humanitarian ideals across the society. In a statement released by the groups, they expressed their dismay since the local authorities and the citizens had welcomed and hosted them for twenty-five years. During this time, the ideals of an open society had resonated well with the Russian people. In return, the networks of OSF’s in Russia are observed to advocate for good governance and human rights.
In 2015, Russia accused the two groups of violating the principles of the Russian Federation and its Constitution. Such allegations prompted the ban imposed by the prosecutor’s office. The ban statement placed the groups among a list of other groups categorized as security threats to the rule of law and harmony.
The societies refrained from issuing a public statement until the turn of the year when further attacks on Open Society Foundation in Russia ensued. It was reported by various media outlets that library textbooks had been shredded and other burned. These books were specifically targeted since they were donations made by the groups affiliated to George Soros. The nature of the January 2016 incident raised eyebrows as it was carried out by government officials from the education and security sector.
George Soros remains critical of such actions and other aggressive policies implemented by the Russian government over the past years. It was always likely the ideological differences between Soros and Russian authorities would boil over to the current tensions. Some of Soros’ publications on the collective need to tame Russia may have triggered the reaction.