Memorial NGO amends charter following Justice Ministry complaints
MOSCOW, December 3 (RAPSI) – Next week, Russian human rights organization Memorial will inform the Justice Ministry about the amendments made to its charter following complaints by government agencies, Interfax reported on Wednesday, citing the NGO’s director, Arseny Roginsky.
Earlier, the Supreme Court put off a hearing of the Justice Ministry lawsuit to shut down Memorial until December 17.
The NGO amended its charter at a conference on November 22.
The international historical, educational, human rights and charitable society Memorial was created to help rehabilitate the victims of Stalinist persecution campaigns. Memorial currently comprises 62 organizations from Russia, Belarus, Germany, Italy, France, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Ukraine.
It also includes the Memorial Center, which monitors the human rights situation in the North Caucasus and is on the foreign agents register.
A federal law adopted in November 2012 requires that all NGOs engaged in political activity and receiving foreign funding register as “foreign agents” or face fines of up to 500,000 rubles (approx. $14,200).