November 20 Viktoria Ivleva, along with 11 participants in pickets in support of the human rights organization “Memorial” (included in the register of NGOs-foreign agents) detained on Pushkin Square. The journalist told RBC that she had come there to support one of the founders of the organization, Yuri Samodurov. “Since the day is rainy, Yura, instead of putting the poster on the ground, so that I would pick it up from the ground later, passed it to me from hand to hand. For this we were immediately detained by an insatiable crowd of police, ”she said.
Earlier, on November 11, the General Prosecutor’s Office applied to the Supreme Court with a claim to liquidate Memorial, recognized by the foreign agent, allegedly due to repeated violations of the law. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov also notedthat the authorities have long noticed the organization’s problems with the laws of Russia. The claim of the Prosecutor General’s Office will be considered on November 25.
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In support of Memorial came forward more than 60 academicians, corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the Yeltsin Center. They said that the destruction of the organization speaks of an attempt to “deprive the nation of the memory” of the repression. The signatories of the appeal called Memorial a center that examines the work of the “punitive organs” and how it affects the life of the secular society.
In protest against the demands of the Prosecutor General’s Office, writer Lyudmila Petrushevskaya refused from the State Prize, explaining that she received it in 2002 from the hands of President Vladimir Putin. Nobel Peace Prize laureates Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov and former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev also came forward against the liquidation of the organization.
The Ministry of Justice entered Memorial Human Rights Center into the register of foreign agents in 2014. Also, the list of foreign agents included the interregional public organization Memorial Information and Education Center (Yekaterinburg), the Memorial Research and Information Center and the Memorial International Historical and Educational Society.