Human rights activists held a series of pickets in support of “Memorial” in front of the Ministry of justice


MOSCOW, November 16. Human rights activists held a series of pickets near the headquarters of the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation against actions of the authority regarding the organization “memorial”. As explained by one of the participants, a member of the Moscow Helsinki group Valery Borshchev, pickets were held by the participants of the so-called human rights Council, including Lyudmila Alexeeva, Sergei Kovalev, Lev Ponomarev, Svetlana Gannushkina. Human rights defenders come to the fence near the building of the Ministry of justice and share the posters with the words “We, “memorial”.

Earlier in the Ministry of justice announced that a planned review in relation to the human rights center “memorial” has revealed a number of violations. The Ministry noted that the inspection materials will be sent to the Prosecutor. The newspaper “Kommersant” wrote that after the inspection main Directorate of the Ministry of justice the human rights center “memorial” was an official act, which allegedly claimed that members of the organization “undermined the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, calling for the overthrow of the current government, the change of the political regime in the country.”

“The human rights Council decided that we need to protest,” said Borshchev. “We protest against the fact that criticism of the authorities suddenly declared the undermining of the state system. Criticism, as you know, fixed our laws, our Constitution, nothing in this crime is not and can not be, and if this interpretation of the criticism expressed, it seems to us, society should pay attention,” he said.

“We think this issue is very important, of national importance, and we will make sure that he was taken up at the highest level”, – said the Agency interlocutor.

In the spring of 2013 the Prosecutor’s office ordered the human rights center “memorial” to register as NGOs – “foreign agents”. The organization unsuccessfully tried to appeal the court’s decision.