The Russian Supreme Court is hearing a petition calling for the closure of one of the country’s oldest and most famous human rights organizations on Thursday. This move has sparked public outrage and is part of a months-long crackdown on dissidents. .
MOSCOW-On Thursday, Russia’s Supreme Court is hearing a petition calling for the closure of one of the country’s oldest and most famous human rights organizations. The move has aroused public outrage and is against activists, independent media and opposition groups. Supporters are part of a months-long crackdown.
Earlier this month, the Attorney General’s Office requested the Supreme Court to revoke the legal status of the memorial. Organization. .
Memorial was declared as a “foreign agent” in 2016-this label means additional government scrutiny and carries a strong derogatory meaning that may discredit the target organization. The prosecutor claimed that the organization repeatedly violated the regulations to label itself as a “foreign agent” and tried to conceal the name.
The memorial and its supporters insist that the allegations are politically motivated.
The pressure faced by the organization has sparked public outrage, and many prominent figures publicly expressed support this month. As the hearing of the petition to close the memorial began on Thursday, a large crowd gathered in front of the Supreme Court building to show support for the organization.
According to reports, at least three people were detained-two of them were elderly women holding signs that read “Thank you, memorial, remember us” and “You can’t kill people’s memories.”
It is unclear whether the memorial plans to continue its work without a legal entity or if the court rules to revoke its status, as several other rights organizations in Russia did after earlier crackdowns.
In recent months, the Russian government has designated a number of independent media, journalists and human rights organizations as “foreign agents.” At least two were disbanded to avoid more severe repression.