In 2014, the National Endowment for Democracy, a US non-profit tasked with promoting democracy abroad, spent $9.3 million on NGO projects in Russia, an increase of $1.3 million since 2013, according to the media outlet.
The NED also receives donations from large US corporations and individual sponsors, including former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice for instance.
Nadia Diuk, critical of Russia's policy with regard to Ukraine, is at the head of the NED operations focusing on Russia. According to Izvestiya, Diuk's father, was a member of the notorious Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). It was fighting against Soviet forces on the side of Nazi Germany during World War II. In 1943, the UPA massacred as many as 100,000 Polish civilians in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia.
However, the non-profit has been mired in a number of controversies since the 1980s for supporting dubious causes and giving money to "movements and politicians that fit into the United States' foreign-policy objectives, regardless of whether those who receive the money engage in undemocratic campaigns," Slate magazine said in 2004.
Incidentally, the organization was very active in Ukraine in 2004, the year of the infamous presidential election that brought Viktor Yushchenko to power in the third round of voting, despite Viktor Yanukovych winning the second and supposedly final round.
"Promoting democracy is a nebulous objective that can be manipulated to justify any whim of the special-interest groups — the Republican and Democratic parties, organized labor, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — that control most of NED's funds" the think tank said in 1991.
"The main form of operation of all organizations by means of funding they receive is to engage in propaganda and opposition activity," political analyst Segrei Markov told Izvestiya.
In 1991, Allen Weinstein, on of the NED founders, said, "A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA." Not the best advertisement, is it?
I was once offered a job at the National Endowment for Democracy-I rejected —if I am going to be a spy I want CIA pay— prayforpeaceinyemen (@stopyemenwar) 1 апреля 2015