01 March 2024, 22:17

“Memorial” Centre for Defence of Human Rights recognized as foreign agent three days after verdict against Oleg Orlov*

The Russian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) included the “Memorial” Centre for Defence of Human Rights* in the register of foreign agents. The decision was made three days after the verdict against Oleg Orlov*, the co-chair of the “Memorial” Centre for Defence of Human Rights*, under the charge of discrediting the Russian Armed Forces.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that after the liquidation of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Memorial”** in June 2022 the public organization “Memorial” Centre for Defence of Human Rights* was created.

In October 2022, the HRC “Memorial”** became one of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The decision was made taking into account the many years of the “Memorials”** activities for the benefit of peace and respect for human rights. The award provides a chance to continue the human rights and historical activities of the “Memorials”**, human rights defenders emphasize.

The Russian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) explained that the unregistered public association “Memorial” Centre for Defence of Human Rights* “was disseminating false information aimed at creating a negative image of Russia and the Russian Army.” “It opposed the special military operation (SMO) in Ukraine and supported organizations recognized as extremist by a court’s decision,” reported the Russian MoJ on its official website.

A few days earlier, Oleg Orlov*, the co-chair of the “Memorial” Centre for Defence of Human Rights*, was found guilty of discrediting the Russian Armed Forces and sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment.

*Included by the Russian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) into the register of foreign agents.

**The Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Memorial” and the “International Memorial” (International Historical Educational Charitable and Human Rights Society “Memorial”) were included by the Russian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in the register of non-profit organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent, and were liquidated by courts’ decision.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 1, 2024 at 10:17 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: Caucasian Knot

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