The Common Prosecutor’s Workplace of Russia sued the Supreme Courtroom to liquidate the Worldwide Society “Memorial”. Following this, the Moscow Public Prosecutor’s Workplace filed a liquidation swimsuit with the Moscow Metropolis Courtroom towards the Human Rights Middle “Memorial”. Each these organizations are acknowledged by the Ministry of Justice as “international brokers”. The lawsuits despatched to courtroom by prosecutors concern so-called systemic violations of the legislation on international brokers, which Memorial’s representatives have allegedly dedicated.
Assertion by PEN-Moscow and “Free Phrase” Affiliation printed by Desk Russie
We perceive that the present state of the Russian judicial system doesn’t go away a lot hope that the Moscow Metropolis Courtroom and the Supreme Courtroom will reject the prosecutors. We however imagine that the liquidation of Russia’s most revered historic and academic and human rights group just isn’t merely one other assault by the state on civil society.
It’s a symbolic occasion.
The founding of Memorial within the late Eighties marked the daybreak of a brand new period. Since then, Memorial has been tirelessly and constantly engaged within the research of political repression within the USSR and trendy Russia. Its destruction indicators a tragic reversal of the Soviet-era totalitarian mindset, even because the regime makes an attempt to lend the political persecution of Memorial the looks of legality, based mostly on the primarily absurd, socially revolting legislation on international brokers.
Memorial has lengthy been a nationwide treasure with huge historic, authorized, and ethical worth.
We imagine that it’s as much as Russian society to stop Memorial from being abolished. In any case, we’re all residents of a rustic by which “half imprisoned and the opposite half served as guards”.
By destroying Memorial, the authorities are destroying our reminiscence. Its liquidation might be adopted by the liquidation of all the opposite establishments of civil society that stay impartial of the state.
What might be achieved about it? How can we resist the “bulldozer” that’s at the moment sweeping by way of Russia?
Don’t hold silent!
We attraction to all residents of Russia, to folks of all professions, to those that are in a position to attain out to the authorities : this isn’t simply the liquidation of a public group, that is an try on the Reminiscence of the Nation.
We stand in solidarity with Memorial and its workers, who proceed the work of one in all its founders, the nice Russian human rights advocate Academician Andrei Sakharov.
The St. Petersburg PEN Membership joins this assertion
Researcher, professor on the College of Human Sciences in Moscow, Nina Braguinskaya was one of many founders of Memorial. Right here, his membership card #19, dated October 1987 and signed by academician Andrei Sakharov. On her Fb account, she writes: “I joined and I’ll keep there”. Memorial can now not be destroyed, regardless of all of the actions of Putin’s energy.