This decision comes at the end of a year marked by the growing repression of people, NGOs and media perceived as critics of Vladimir Putin’s regime.

It was a pillar of the fight against repression in contemporary Russia. The Russian Supreme Court ordered, Tuesday, December 28, the dissolution of the Memorial NGO. This decision comes at the end of a year marked by the growing repression of people, NGOs and media perceived as critics of President Vladimir Putin, in power for almost 22 years.

Judge Alla Nazarova declared that she “acceded to the prosecution’s request” to dissolve this NGO. At the beginning of November, the Russian prosecution had requested the dissolution of Memorial, accusing it of having “systematically” violated the obligations of its status as “foreign agent”. This label designates organizations considered to act against Russian interests by receiving foreign funds.

“It is a malicious, unfair decision,” responded defense lawyer Maria Eïsmont. Memorial has been investigating the Soviet purges for more than thirty years and identifies contemporary repressions, in particular those of the regime of Vladimir Putin. The organization had said before the verdict that it would do its best to continue its work, even in the event of a ban.

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