Russian court orders rights group Memorial to close

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  • Vladimir Putin
    Vladimir Putin
    President of Russia
  • Alexei Navalny
    Russian politician, lawyer and anti-corruption activist

Russia's Supreme Court ordered Tuesday the closure of Memorial, the country's most prominent rights group that chronicled Stalin-era purges and symbolised post-Soviet democratisation. The ruling caps a year that began with the jailing of President Vladimir Putin's top critic Alexei Navalny and saw a historic crackdown on rights groups and independent media.

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