Russia names US foundation first undesirable foreign group

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian prosecutors on Tuesday declared the US Congress-funded National Endowment for Democracy the first "undesirable" foreign group under a controversial new law to ban overseas organisations perceived as a threat.

"Taking into account the overall aim of the Endowment's work, prosecutors came to the conclusion that it presents a threat to the constitutional order of Russia, its defence capabilities and state security," the prosecutors said in a statement.