Have you ever been banned from somewhere for being a security threat? If you have, then you know how economist George Soros feels. His website explains that he was born in Budapest in 1930, survived the Nazis during World War II, fled Hungary in 1947, and then went to London and graduated from the London School of Economics. From there, he went to the United States of America and become a very successful and rich international investment fund supplier.
In 1979, the page continues, he founded The Open Society Foundations. The charity began as a way to send students to Cape Town University in Sough Africa. Now, it funds other ventures and gives out up to $835 million every year according to a 2011 report. The funds even go to helping Eastern European dissidents to study abroad in the world.
Furthermore, the Open Society Foundations is based on the recognition of the imperfection of the world. According to his website, Soros once wrote about why he started the foundation. In that writing, he said that his success in finances gives him more dependence than what most people have. This fact obliges him to take a stand on the most controversial of controversial issues because others simply cannot do it.
Now, two branches of that charity – the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute – have been banned by Russia, according to CNBC. They have been put on what’s known as a “stop list”; they have been placed on this list because the Russian government considers them a threat to everything that the Russian government protects and likes. These bans have been shamed by Soros, Fortune says.
Soros, the article goes on to state, has stepped up to say that the aspirations of the Russian people are too strong. He hopes the ban will be short lived since the government insists it continues for now. Furthermore, the article goes on to say that The Open Society Foundations have helped to strengthen the Russian rule of law and protecting the rights of everyone in the world. They are quote on quote dismayed at the idea of the Russians having the ban on these charities for long.
The CNBC article also reports that books attached to the foundations have been burned. In total, 53 books have been burned. Four hundred and twenty seven books have also been confiscated and will be shredded at a latter date.