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Russian court closes Memorial International human rights group

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Memorial International studies the historical abuses of the former Soviet Union and provides support to its victims.

The group has been accused of repeatedly violating the law for not marking all its publications with a mandatory “foreign agent” warning. Moscow had appointed the group as a foreign agent in 2016, using a law aimed at organizations receiving international funding.

But critics say the Russian government targeted the group for political reasons.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov was one of the group’s original founders and the first honorary president of the Memorial Society.

The Russian Attorney General’s Office requested the liquidation of Memorial International in November. Representatives of the group said there were no legal grounds for its closure.

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