Russia: Supreme Court dissolves Memorial

Status: December 28, 2021 11:55 a.m.

The Russian human rights organization Memorial is about to end. The country’s Supreme Court has ordered its dissolution. The reason: The organization violated the law for so-called foreign agents.

Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered the dissolution of the Memorial human rights network. According to the judges, the organization has violated the so-called Foreign Agents Act.

Memorial was founded in the Soviet times, in 1988. It is considered the largest and oldest independent human rights organization in Russia and works to come to terms with political persecution and the Stalin terror in the Soviet Union and to rehabilitate those affected.

In addition, the members of Memorial are committed to protecting human rights, for example in northern Caucasus or on the Crimean peninsula, which has been annexed by Russia.

Violation of “Foreign Agents Act”

About a month ago, the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office applied for the organization to be disbanded. She accused Memorial of repeatedly breaking the “Foreign Agents Act”. Organizations that, for example, receive funds from abroad are registered as “foreign agents” in Russia. In addition, the public prosecutor accused Memorial of a proximity to extremism and terrorism.

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