The Russian Justice Ministry says it has formally added Alexey Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) to its list of “foreign agents” because the organization supposedly received a total of 140,000 rubles ($2,160) in donations from the United States and Spain, ministry spokesman Vladimir Titov told the news agency Interfax.
According to records published by the Justice Ministry, FBK accepted money from an American business called “Star-Doors.Com” and and man named Roberto Fabio Monda Cardenas in Spain.
Officials say FBK's foreign funding and political activity qualify it as a “foreign agent,” which means the government will now impose stricter audits on the organization and force it to identify itself as a “foreign agent” in all promotional materials.
According to the website Open Media, the owner of Star-Doors.Com is a Russian citizen living in Florida named Yuri Maslikhov. A company representative confirmed to Meduza that the owner donated money to Navalny's organization as a private individual. On Facebook, Maslikhov said on May 23, 2019, that he sent FBK “a couple of dollars.”