George Soros, billionaire investor and philanthropist, has been in the news for a couple of days now for criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accusing him of subverting democracy in India. He has been known to fund disruptive activities in a number of countries, and has often been accused by administrators and politicians across the world of meddling in their affairs, especially through his Open Society Foundations. Here are some instances where George Soros and his Open Society Foundations have been accused of fomenting trouble.
In 2019 the ruling Tory party of the United Kingdom called for an Electoral Commission probe into George Soros’s Open Society Foundations news broke out of the organization funnelling money into a campaign trying to block Brexit at the ballot box. As per the news reports, Open Society Foundation sent the money to the pro-EU Best for Britain group via a London outpost, circumventing a ban on foreign donations to political organisations.
In a lecture to a public think tank in October 2019 in Budapest, Yair Netanyahu, an Israeli commentator and the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accused George Soros of “destroying Israel from the inside”. Mr. Netanyahu accused Soros of supporting subversive organizations “with an unlimited budget” to destroy the Jewish identity of the country.
In 2017 the Hungarian government under Mr. Viktor Orban accused George Soros of plotting a conspiracy “to resettle at least one million immigrants annually on the territory of the European Union, including Hungary as well”. Subsequently Hungary passed a law making it illegal to provide any kind of assistance to undocumented migrants.
In 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte singled out George Soros and his $100 million grant to Human Rights Watch (HRW), accusing them of interfering in the war on the drug mafia in Philippines by citing human rights violations.
President Duterte said that HRW was attacking him to justify a $100 million, 10-year grant philanthropist George Soros promised it six years ago. “This Human Rights Watch of New York, that belongs to Soros. Soros was the financier. That’s him. It’s his grant,” he said.
In 2015 Russia banned Open Society Foundations, saying it posed a threat to both state security and the Russian constitution. In a statement, Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office placed the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation on a “stop list” of foreign non-governmental organizations whose activities have been deemed “undesirable” by the Russian state.
“It was found that the activity of the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation represents a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state,” the Office said in a public statement.
In 2016, Open Society Foundations, was put on a watch list, which essentially meant that it could not send money directly to beneficiary outfits in India. Prior clearance from the home ministry is needed by Open Society Foundations for sending money across to FCRA registered organizations in India. Clearly, someone has been taking note of the disruptions he has funded across the world.