MADRID, 25 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The trial against the Russian NGO Memorial began this Thursday before the country’s Supreme Court, where the organization faces its possible final closure for allegedly having violated the law of “foreign agents”.
Several foreign diplomats have gone to court, including representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom and France, as reported by the Russian news agency Interfax.
Hundreds of people have gathered around the courts to show their support for the NGO, with black masks and banners that read “Do not prohibit Memorial.”
The Prosecutor’s Office, however, has accused the organization of violating the laws that prevent this type of entity from receiving support from groups from abroad, which is why it has been fined on several occasions given its refusal to classify itself as ” foreign agents “–as required by current law–.
Human rights activists and defenders have accused Moscow of politically persecuting them. Memorial, which has been operating in the country since 1987, works to help political prisoners in the country.
Its possible closure has sparked protests and criticism at the international level. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has shown its “concern” over the request of the Russian Prosecutor’s Office for the dissolution of Memorial.