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Russian Supreme Court orders rights group memorial to close

The Russian Supreme Court has triggered an international protest, recording the expulsion of the Stalin era and ordering the closure of the memorial, the country’s most prominent rights group, which symbolizes post-Soviet democratization.
The court’s ruling on Memorial International, the group’s core structure, begins with the imprisonment of President Vladimirputin’s chief critic Alexei Navalny and ends the year of seeing a historic crackdown on rights groups and independent media.
But the memorial ban stands out even in today’s climate, something you couldn’t imagine just a few years ago.
Judge Alla Nazarova of Memorial International and its regional chapters after prosecutors accused the organization of not marking the organization’s publications with the label “foreign agent,” which is a tag for groups receiving funds from abroad. I ordered the closure.
The Memorial is open to the fact that it is funded abroad. This is one of the main reasons authorities have labeled it a foreign agent.
Its website contains funds from Poland, Germany, Canada and the Czech Republic.
The court heard the proceedings against the Memorial, but said it was a good force, even if it sometimes made minor bureaucratic mistakes. The four policemen in fur hats took away the bearded protesters after he shouted. There are no property, no rights, no choices. “
“Shame! Shame!” After the ruling, supporters shouted in court.
Prosecutors also accused Memorial International of rehabilitating “Nazi criminals” by despising the memories of the Soviet Union and its victory.
At a hearing yesterday, the prosecutor said the memorial “created a false image of the Soviet Union as a state sponsor of terrorism and despised the memory of World War II.”
The court’s decision is the hardest blow to date for an organization founded in 1989 by Soviet dissidents, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov.
The ruling was issued after Putin accused the group defending “terrorist and extremist groups.”
In a statement yesterday evening, Memorial International said it would appeal and find a “legal way” to continue its work.
“Memorials are neither an organization nor a social movement,” the statement said. “The monument is that Russian citizens need to know the truth about their tragic past, the fate of millions of people.”
“Memorial is a special organization with its own ideology. We combine what is called related human rights activities with historical research to understand the historical path of Russia in the 20th century,” said Memorial Board member Olegorlov. Said outside the court. “Such unions do not seem to please any of the Russian leaders.”
The court’s ruling sparked an international backlash, which US Ambassador John Sullivan called “a blatant and tragic attempt to suppress freedom of expression and erase history.”
France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, “The dissolution of Memorial International is a terrible loss to the Russian people,” and the decision “is deeply concerned about the future of Russia’s historical research and human rights protection.” I added.
“It looks like Russia is moving further away from our common European standards and values,” said Maria Peichinovich Brick, Secretary General of the European Council.
“The liquidation of the International Memorial is catastrophic news for civil society in the Russian Federation,” she said.
Dozens of supporters gathered outside the sub-zero county courthouse and several were detained.
Memorial is a loose structure of locally registered organizations, and Memorial International maintains an extensive archive of networks in Moscow and coordinates its work.
This group has spent years cataloging the atrocities committed in the Soviet Union, especially in Gulag, a network of infamous prison camps.
Proponents say the closure marks the end of the era of Russia’s post-Soviet democratization process, which began 30 years ago this month.
Writer Leonid Baknov, whose grandfather was executed at the peak of the Stalinian purge in 1937, described the closure of the group as a “tragedy for Russia.”
“It’s a wonderful New Year that they arranged for us,” he said violently.
The Memorial denies a serious breach, stating that only a few documents may be missing the “Foreign Agents” tag.
Yesterday’s hearing was one of two proceedings filed against the group.
The prosecution also demanded that the court close the Memorial Human Rights Center, alleging that it tolerated “terrorism and radicalism” in addition to violating the “foreign agent” law.
In that case, the Moscow court will hold a new trial today.
The Memorial Human Rights Center campaigned for the rights of political prisoners, migrants and other left-behind groups, emphasizing abuse, especially in the turbulent North Caucasus region, including Chechnya.
Political analyst Anton Oref said the closure of the memorial was similar to “the official justification of Stalin’s purge.”
“The impact on our country’s present and future will be devastating,” he added.
The Auschwitz Memorial said on Twitter: “Memory-fearing power can never achieve democratic maturity.”



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