"We aren't trying to put anyone under control, but we want to know how much money, through what channels and for what purpose, is being sent," Putin said.
He said NGOs in Russia had received nearly $1 billion from abroad.
"Maybe this money, which is quite a bit — a billion — could have been sent to help Cyprus and then it wouldn't have been necessary to fleece unfortunate depositors," Putin commented, referring to the European Union's complicated bailout for the island nation in which Russian depositors are expected to lose significant funds.
Geir Moulson contributed to this report from Berlin.
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