22 October 2014
Source: HRO.org (info)
Head of the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) Ludmila Alekseeva is convinced that the attempt to close the Russian human rights organization Memorial at the instigation of the Ministry of Justice will bring about an international scandal. She is convinced that the organization will not be closed down.
As RIA Novosti reported earlier, the Ministry of Justice has asked the Supreme Court of Russia to liquidate the national non-profit 'Russian Memorial Historical, Educational, Charitable and Human Rights Society' on the grounds that allegedly the organization has ‘on more than one occasion seriously violated the law.’
‘As soon as I heard this terrible news that Memorial is on the verge of closure I immediately said that this is madness. I don't think that this will happen,’ Ludmila Alekseeva told RIA Novosti.
'The closure of an organization like Memorial would cause a huge international scandal,' Alekseeva said.
RAPSI quotes Alekseeva as saying: 'I am not exaggerating in the least, because Memorial is internationally well-known. It is an organization highly respected throughout the world, and justly so. This would be an international shock if they try and close down an organization of this kind.'
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