Russian Ministry takes aim at a Rights Group 

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Moscow-The Justice Ministry has filed a suit in Russia’s Supreme Court to disband the Memorial Society, an organization created in the late 1980s to preserve the legacy of victims of Stalinism. An affiliated organization, the Memorial Center for Human Rights, founded in 1991, focuses on current human rights abuses, and has been the target of repeated efforts of government officials to curtail its activities. This year the center was forcibly registered as a “foreign agent” for receiving grants from abroad in a campaign to clamp down on hundreds of nongovernmental organizations that are perceived as threatening the Kremlin’s interests. The ministry’s lawsuit against the Memorial Society was filed last month but reported only on Friday. A report on the NTV television channel accused the Memorial Center for Human Rights of supporting Islamic terrorists. The Justice Ministry press service told the official RIA Novosti news agency on Monday that the Memorial Society’s structure violated Russian laws and its own charter.

An affiliated organization, the Memorial Center for Human Rights, founded in 1991, focuses on current human rights abuses, and has been the target of repeated efforts of government officials to curtail its activities.

This year the center was forcibly registered as a “foreign agent” for receiving grants from abroad in a campaign to clamp down on hundreds of nongovernmental organizations that are perceived as threatening the Kremlin’s interests. The ministry’s lawsuit against the Memorial Society was filed last month but reported only on Friday. A report on the NTV television channel accused the Memorial Center for Human Rights of supporting Islamic terrorists.

The Justice Ministry press service told the official RIA Novosti news agency on Monday that the Memorial Society’s structure violated Russian laws and its own charter.

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