Russia’s harassment of civil society continues
July 8 Moscow: The series of raids carried out on Golos, a respected Russian election-monitoring NGO, proves that the official campaign against civil society organizations is underway and it continues to happen with great vigil.
According to the NGO, Moscow’s regional investigators searched the apartments of two members of the organization’s council, Grigory Melkonyants and Roman Udot, as well as the home of their executive director Tatyana Troinova. Golos revealed that the Law Enforcement officers “seized computers and memory cards” at Melkonyants’ apartment before switching the search to their office in central Moscow.
The Oslo Times has condemned the raid, after it came out to the light. “When you attack civil society, you attack the soul of the public as these organizations are the watchdogs of democratic society,” said the Editor-in-Chief of The Oslo Times International News Network, Hatef Mokhtar, on Wednesday.
After the incident Freedom House released the following statement:
“The harassment of Golos staff is an example of how far Russian authorities will go to suppress independent civil society organizations and activists, and of the all-out assault on Golos. There is horrible irony in having authorities use trumped up charges to go after a group whose mission is to strengthen Russian democracy and rule of law. Rather than muzzling civil society, Russia‘s government should seek ways to work with and harness civic activism to strengthen human rights protections and democracy.”
The Oslo Times