Russian influence in the US is not limited to politics, instead, it extends to philanthropic activities, much of which has gone unreported, writes foreignpolicy.com.
The database from the Anti-Corruption Data Collective reveals that seven post-Soviet oligarchs over the past two decades have donated up to USD 435 million to more than 200 of the most prestigious non-profit institutions in the US. The list of recipients includes the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard, the University of Southern California, the New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Some may welcome the “generosity” of oligarchs, but the ends cannot justify the means. The United States cannot blindly accept these funds, disregarding how oligarchs can use contributions to achieve political aims and push their own agendas.