Statement by the board of International Memorial
“On 11 November 2021 at about 4:30 pm we were notified by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation that the Prosecutor General’s office has filed a lawsuit requesting the International Memorial be closed down for alleged systematic violations of the ‘foreign agents’ act (reference being made to failure to append the ‘foreign agent’ disclaimer to this organisation’s materials). The court hearing is scheduled to take place on 25 November.
“We have repeatedly stated that the act in question has been introduced with the view to eradicating independent organisations and insisted that it should be revoked. However, while the law is still in force we are obliged to follow its requirements.
“We believe that there are no legal grounds for the Memorial to be dismantled.
“This is a political decision aimed at exterminating the Memorial Society, the organisation dealing with history of political repression and human rights defence.”
The standard disclaimer carried by items published by Memorial at the national and regional level reads:
“On 4 October 2016 the Russian Justice Ministry designated the International Memorial as “an organisation acting in a capacity of a foreign agent”. Memorial has challenged the Ministry’s decision in the courts [R].”