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The lawsuit was based on the findings of the Justice Ministry’s inquiry conducted in 2012 proving that “the organization lacks an all-Russia status, did not confirm statutory activities in documents and did not observe provisions of its charter.” The Justice Ministry asked to rectify violations until July 30, 2013, but this was not done and the ministry had filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court.
Deputy Justice Minister Sergey Gerasimov said earlier that when taking this decision in the ministry “Russian human rights commissioner Ella Pamfilova’s address [to the Russian president] to delay proceedings in the Supreme Court had been studied very attentively.”
Memorial is Russia’s oldest human rights organization that was founded in the late 1980s. Its initial task was to study the history of political repression in the former Soviet Union. Now it collects and publishes information about violations of human rights in the territory of the Commonwealth of Independent States.