Lev Ponomarev: "For Human Rights" is under threat of closure

posted 27 Nov 2014, 12:46 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Nov 2014, 12:50 ]
26 November 2014

Source: HRO.org (info
Head of the NGO For Human Rights, human rights defender Lev Ponomarev, has said the organisation will be forced to close if it is added to the register of “foreign agents”.

According to Radio Svoboda, Ponomarev told Interfax that For Human Rights is facing a “real threat of liquidation”.

Last week the Ministry of Justice, at the request of the Prosecutor General, began an unscheduled inspection of possible participation by foreign partners in the activity of the human rights organisation.

For Human Rights was created in 1997. It consists of a network of more than 120 human rights organisations which support and protect the rights of Russian citizens, including people with disabilities, prisoners, as well as people who work in the public sector and in the arts.

Translated by Ana-Maria Sirbu