(Reuters) – Russia’s Justice Ministry said on Friday it had revoked the registration of 15 foreign organisations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The organizations’ Russian units, which also included the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “have been excluded due to the discovery of violations of the current legislation of the Russian Federation,” the ministry said in a statement.

The decision, which gave no details of the violations, was announced days after New York-based HRW said it uncovered “several cases of violations of the laws of war by Russian military forces” in Ukraine. .

Russia has repeatedly denied war crimes allegations by Ukraine and Western countries during its 6-week invasion of Ukraine and denies targeting civilians.

Russia says it is carrying out a “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine. The kyiv government and its Western allies dismiss this as a false pretext for an unwarranted invasion.

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Other organizations whose registration was revoked on Friday included a branch of the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation and the Institute for International Education.

Nine German organizations were included along with three from the United States, one from Great Britain, one from Poland and one from Switzerland.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries in Dublin; editing by Grant McCool)

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