EP calls for sanctions against Russian officials against Memorial – archyde

The Russian Supreme Court has filed a lawsuit against Memorial for failing to adequately identify itself as a “foreign agent” in its publications, including on social media. The attorney general’s office has called for the organization to be dissolved.

As early as 2016, the Ministry of Justice added the “Memorial” to the list of foreign agents.

EU lawmakers overwhelmingly voted for a non-binding resolution condemning the “repeated persecution and recent politically motivated attempts to close the memorial”.

The resolution called on the Russian authorities “to immediately drop all charges against the memorial and to ensure that the memorial can safely continue its important work without government intervention.”

The resolution called on Brussels to impose sanctions on Russian officials involved in the unlawful repression of the Memorial and the trial of the organization and its members.

The lawsuit before the Russian Supreme Court is the greatest threat to the memorial’s existence since its inception. The trial began on November 25th but was adjourned until Tuesday, December 23rd.

At the beginning of the lawsuit, activists urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene, but Putni said in his Human Rights Council that the memorial works for “terrorist and extremist organizations”.

“Memorial” has existed for more than 30 years. It was founded in 1989 by Soviet dissidents, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov.

The “memorial” contains a list of political prisoners, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whose branches were closed earlier that year.

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