Russia cracks down on Nobel Peace Prize winner human rights group Memorial – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Just after Russian human rights organisation Memorial was announced as one of the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a Moscow court on Friday ordered the seizure of its headquarters in the city.
The Tverskoy court ordered the group’s central Moscow headquarters to “become state property”, the Interfax agency reported.
However this is not the first time Russian authorities have cracked down on Memorial.
Russian authorities ordered the closure of Memorial last year in a move Putin has done nothing to halt, and the pressures against rights advocates has further worsened during the invasion of Ukraine.
Memorial, founded in 1989 by 1975 Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov, is the largest human rights organisation in Russia, compiling and systematising information on political oppression and human rights violations in Russia.
Memorial shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Belarus activist Ales Bialiatski and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties.
(With agency inputs)

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