- The Washington Times
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Russia’s oldest civil rights group will be ‘liquidated’ in the near future if the Kremlin has its way.

The fate of Memorial, a network of civil society organizations founded in 1989, hangs in the balance as the nation’s supreme court considers charges filed in September by the Russian justice ministry, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The suit against Memorial seeks to ‘liquidate’ the network due to claims that it abetted Islamic terror groups, the Journal reported. A ruling is expected by the high court as early as next week.

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The Journal reported that one of Memorial’s first acts as an organization was to create a monument to victims of repression on Moscow’s Lubyanka Square. The location was formerly the home of the KGB.

“No doubt the KGB Lieutenant Colonel Putin failed to appreciate the gesture,” the Journal reported.

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