Moscow School of Civic Education closes over inclusion in 'foreign agent' register

posted 27 Jan 2015, 12:16 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jan 2015, 12:36 ]
26 January 2015

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The non-profit organisation Moscow School of Civic Education has shut down because of the NGO's inclusion in the 'foreign agents' register.

Novaya gazeta quotes a statement on the organisation’s website, which reads “The management of the Moscow School finds it unacceptable to conduct activities in this false status and have decided to suspend our projects”.

The School has at the same time left its archive materials openly accessible – articles, reports, books and magazines, as well as multimedia materials.

Previously the organisation called their inclusion in the list unwarranted and announced their intention to challenge it in court.

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation included the School in the 'foreign agents' list on 9th December 2014.

The Moscow School of Civic Education was founded with the support of the Council of Europe and had worked in Russia since the end of 1992.

The organisation’s stated mission was to promote the ideas of the rule of law and civil society, and an understanding of their importance through education.

The School organised forums with experts and Russian politicians as well as government officials.

Translated by Chloe Cranston