Russian opposition activist and blogger Alexei Navalny, right, argues with a man in military uniform during a rally in a Novosibirsk park that attracted several hundred people in Novosibirsk, Russia. (AP/Alexander Lukin)
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Kremlin critics say a climate of fear is growing in Russia after the upper house of parliament drew up a list of "undesirable" civil rights organizations and two similar groups decided to close.Twelve more NGOs were named on a "patriotic stop-list" approved by the Federation Council upper house Wednesday and sent to the prosecutor general to consider whether they should be closed.Opposition and human rights activists say the moves are part of a broader clampdown on civil society and Kremlin opponents since Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency in 2012 .Putin has warned against allowing the West to use local civil rights groups to foment unrest in Russia and Konstantin Kosachev, a senior member of the upper house, cited similar concerns when presenting the list to the chamber.
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