MOSCOW (Reuters) – A court on Wednesday ordered the closure of Russia’s Memorial Human Rights Centre, a day after its sister organisation and the nation’s oldest human rights group was ordered to disband by the Supreme Court.
State prosecutors had accused each organisations of breaking a legislation requiring them to behave as “international brokers”. Both stated the fees towards them had been politically -motivated.
International rights teams and the U.S. State Department strongly condemned Tuesday’s ruling towards sister organisation Memorial International, a transfer which capped a 12 months of unprecedented crackdown of dissent in Russia.
The closure bookmarked a 12 months through which Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s prime critic, was jailed, his motion banned and plenty of of his allies pressured to flee. Moscow says it’s merely imposing legal guidelines to thwart extremism and protect the nation from what it says is malign international affect.
Critics say that Vladimir Putin, in energy as president or prime minister since 1999, is popping again the clock to the Soviet period when there was zero tolerance of dissent. The Kremlin, at odds with the West on every little thing from Ukraine to Syria, says it’s inconceivable to recreate the Soviet Union.
Established within the closing years of the Soviet Union, Memorial initially investigated the crimes of the Stalin period, however later broadened its remit to regarded into modern-day abuses too.
That irked the authorities who typically accused the group of siding with extremists.
(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)