Russian Nobel laureates stood up for Memorial

Nobel Peace Prize winners Mikhail Gorbachev and Dmitry Muratov believe that the Prosecutor General's Office should withdraw the claim to close Memorial and settle the case out of court

Mikhail Gorbachev (right) and Dmitry Muratov (left)

Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, and the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov urged the Prosecutor General's Office to withdraw the claim to liquidate Memorial (recognized in Russia as an NGO-foreign agent). It is reported by Interfax with reference to the joint appeal of Gorbachev and Muratov.

“ The appeal of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation on the liquidation of the Memorial society is scheduled for November 25. Long-term activity of the Memorial has always been aimed at restoring historical justice, preserving the memory of hundreds of thousands of those killed and injured during the years of repression, preventing this from happening now and in the future, '' & mdash; the appeal says.

The Nobel laureates believe that the Attorney General's office should “ withdraw the claim from the court and settle the claims out of court. '' They also asked the Supreme Court to postpone the consideration of the claim, “ in order to make it possible through joint efforts to resolve this painful problem for the country. ''

Gorbachev and Muratov noted that the activities of Memorial meets the interests of both society and the state. They share the “ concern and concern '' that the country's intention to close the organization has prompted.

A claim demanding the liquidation of Memorial The General Prosecutor's Office filed with the Supreme Court on November 11. “ We have received a notice from the Supreme Court that the Attorney General's Office has filed a lawsuit to liquidate Memorial International for systematic violations of the legislation on foreign agents (we are talking about non-marking of the organization's materials) & raquo;, & mdash; reported then at Memorial.

The Prosecutor General's Office said that Memorial worked with gross and repeated violations of the law.

November 15 appeal in support of Memorial; supported by more than 60 academicians and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Destruction of the Memorial is an attempt to deprive the nation of its memory, which we must not allow in order to avoid a repetition of the era of monstrous repression '', & mdash; said in the petition.

Academicians noted that Memorial remains a “ serious research center, whose work is devoted to a comprehensive study of the activities of the punitive organs and its influence on all aspects of the life of Soviet society. '' “ In terms of the volume of work carried out in this area, including the number of publications, no state research institution can compare with it, '' & mdash; said in the appeal. The destruction of the Memorial archive and his museum collection would become a “ real disaster for historical science, '' members of the Russian Academy of Sciences warned.

At the same time, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the activities of Memorial for a long time there were questions. As far as I know, there have been problems with Memorial in terms of compliance with Russian legislation. This is a well-known fact & raquo;, & mdash; Peskov said then.

In protest against the attempts of the Prosecutor General's Office to liquidate Memorial writer and playwright Lyudmila Petrushevskaya refused the title of laureate of the State Prize.

Memorial Human Rights Center; has been in the register of foreign agents in Russia since 2014. In addition to him, the interregional public organization Memorial Information and Educational Center is also included there. (Yekaterinburg), Scientific and Information Center “ Memorial '' and the international historical and educational society Memorial.

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