Ludmila Alekseeva: Moscow Helsinki Group Will Not Register as a Foreign Agent

posted 6 Jul 2012, 14:39 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Jul 2012, 14:40 ]
Source: ( (info), 03/07/12 

· Human rights defenders 

The head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Ludmila Alekseeva, will refuse to register her organisation as a "foreign agent" under a new law on non-profit organisations, which is currently being considered by the State Duma, Interfax reports. "If they want to, let them close us. It will mean that the whole world will find out that they have closed the Moscow Helsinki Group, which has been in existence for 36 years and survived the Soviet regime," Alekseeva declared. She added that the Moscow Helsinki Group is not an agent of foreign states. "We are defending our own citizens when their rights are violated. We do not work on behalf of foreign states," Alekseeva stated. [Read more]