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Russia orders closure of Russia’s oldest human rights group

Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered the closure of Russia’s oldest human rights group, Memorial, in the wake of President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on dissent.

The order to close this group was taken according to the legislation for foreign agents, which has targeted dozens of non-governmental organizations and media that are considered critical of the government, writes The Guardian, reports businesscrafter

The Memorial Group was founded in the late 1980s to document the political repression that took place during the Soviet era, establishing a database of victims of the Great Terror and the Gulag camps. The group has been an important defender of the human rights issue in Russia.

In her ruling, Judge Alla Nazarova ordered the closure of the organization for “repeated” and “major” violations of Russian law on foreign agents. The group has said such an accusation is politically motivated.

A group lawyer has been quoted as saying it will appeal the ruling to both Russia and the European Court of Human Rights.

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