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Consideration of lawsuit on shutdown of Russia’s oldest human rights organization delayed

December 17, 2014, 11:05 UTC+3
Last week, the Memorial historical and civil rights society sent its revised charter to Russia’s Justice Ministry
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MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Russia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed until January 28 the consideration of the Justice Ministry’s lawsuit on the dissolution of Russia’s Memorial human rights organization.

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.

Last week, the Memorial historical and civil rights society sent its revised charter to Russia’s Justice Ministry and asked to put off the Supreme Court’s hearing into the lawsuit scheduled on Wednesday.

Although the organization has presented the documents, the Justice Ministry still has claims against its status as Memorial has yet to confirm its sphere of activity, a representative of the ministry said.

“All the events are carried out by an international fund, and not by the Russian historical and civil rights society Memorial, which, as it turns out, is not conducting independent activities,” she said.

The fund’s new charter also does not take into consideration the changes in the Russian Civil Code, which came into force on September 1, 2014. The representative said the organization can rectify these violations.

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.

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