Friday, December 3

Trial against Russian NGO Memorial started

The much-criticized trial of the Russian human rights organization Memorial began in Moscow with great international sympathy. Several foreign diplomats were present at the hearing in the country’s Supreme Court today, as the Interfax agency reported, citing the court. Representatives from the USA, Great Britain and France followed the process on site. The organization is threatened with a ban.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the courthouse, as photos on social networks show. Many wore black CoV protective masks with the words “Do not ban memorial”. The Russian judiciary accuses the NGO of repeated violations of the law on so-called foreign agents. This stipulates that recipients of payments from abroad can be referred to as “agents”. Memorial refuses to call itself that.

The society, which was founded in the late 1980s, campaigns for political prisoners, but also for coming to terms with Nazi crimes in the Soviet Union. Their impending end had triggered international protests in recent weeks.

Reference-orf.at

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