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Russia’s Memorial human rights organization rectifies violations found by Justice Ministry

January 28, 2015, 10:46 UTC+3
The Justice Ministry still insists on a "substantive consideration of a case," a ministry spokesman said
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Office of Russia’s Memorial human rights organization

Office of Russia’s Memorial human rights organization

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MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. Russia’s Memorial human rights organization has rectified violations found by the Justice Ministry, a ministry spokesman told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

"The fund has rectified all the breaches and we have received the documents, but they are not valid as they are to be sent for registration only today," she said, adding that the ministry still insists on a "substantive consideration of a case."

Memorial’s lawyers have asked the court to dismiss the plaintiff's claims. Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s Supreme Court started considering the Justice Ministry’s lawsuit on the dissolution of Memorial.

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 (CIS).

Last summer, Memorial was registered as a "foreign agent" under a new Russian law and in October, the Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit to the Supreme Court calling for Memorial’s dissolution. It claimed that the organization does not comply with its own charter.

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