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    Election watchdog facing closure amid Russian NGO crackdown

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    Russia's main independent election watchdog 'Golos' said it faces fines or even closure in what activists are calling a campaign to silence the critics of President Vladimir Putin.

    Russia's Justice Ministry published a report on its website saying it asked courts to close, or suspend the work of, almost 9,000 NGOs while a further 5,610 face fines.

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