Russia Orders Closure of Country's Oldest Human Rights Group

Russia’s Supreme Court ordered the shutdown of the nongovernmental organization Memorial International, one of the country’s oldest human-rights organizations, during a hearing in Moscow on Tuesday, December 28.

Footage filmed by Memorial International shows scenes outside the Supreme Court. In the first clip, the defendants are seen delivering speeches after the hearing.

According to Memorial International, the court said Memorial International was misinterpreting Soviet history, creating an image of the USSR as a terrorist state, and criticizing the government.

Judge Alla Nazarova said Memorial International, which was founded in the late 1980s, failed to mark all of its publications with the “foreign agent” label as required by law, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

“Of course, we will challenge the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in all ways available to us,” Memorial International wrote. “A memorial is not an organization, it is not even a social movement. The memorial is the need of the citizens of Russia for the truth about its tragic past, about the fate of many millions of people. And no one will be able to ‘eliminate’ this need.” Credit: Memorial International via Storyful

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