The online petition in support of the Memorial Society has collected over 120.5 thousand signatures in just over three weeks. This follows from the constantly updated data on the website Change.org about the petition entitled “Hands off Memorial – let’s stop the liquidation of key civil society organizations!” as of Sunday 5 December.
On November 11, 2021, it became known that the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office filed an administrative lawsuit with the Supreme Court to liquidate the non-profit organization International Memorial, previously recognized as an “foreign agent”, and the Moscow prosecutor’s office filed a similar lawsuit with the Moscow City Court to liquidate the Memorial human rights center. Their elimination may lead to the closure of the most important historical, educational and human rights projects, such as, for example, “OVD-Info” – an information and human rights project to help citizens who have suffered from state persecution for political reasons, the signatories warn.
“Attacks on the defenders of their history and memory”
The authors of the petition call the actions of the prosecutor’s office against Memorial “attacks on organized defenders of their history, memory, essence, rights and freedoms of citizens in the current reality of open political repression by the Russian state.”
Memorial itself believes that the demand of the Prosecutor General’s Office is a “political decision to destroy society,” which deals with “the history of political repression and the protection of human rights.”
The next session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the claim to liquidate International Memorial is scheduled for December 14. A hearing in the Moscow City Court on the liquidation of the human rights center “Memorial” is to be held on December 16.