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Court fined the KHRC "Memorial" 300 thousand rubles

The occasion was its activity as a foreign agent without registering in 2013

A lawyer, a member of the board of «Memorial» Ernest Mezak informed on awarding the administrative penalty at a meeting on the case at the Krasnozatonsky Magistrate's Court on his Facebook page.

Earlier, the Ministry of Justice has recognized regional organization a foreign agent because of a photo posted on «7x7» with the inscription "Putin is a thief"; According to authorities, this illustration and other materials of the online journal proves the political activities of human rights defenders.

In a recent interview with the chairman of the KHRC "Memorial" Igor Sazhin he said that the Ministry of Justice check showed that the organization was engaged in political activities in 2013. However, the results of the inspection of the Ministry of Justice, which was held in 2013, were opposite. Despite this, the court decided to fine the company.

“This decision is ugly and unpleasant. We will make a decision at a board meeting,” a member of the "Memorial" Pavel Andreev said.

Let us recall that, according to the documents submitted by the Ministry of Justice at the beginning of June, 2015, in December 2014 at the request of Federal Security Service of Russia the deputy head of the Komi Department of Ethnography of the Institute of Language, Literature and History, Komi Science Centre, Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Shabayev has reviewed six of the materials published on the site in 2014.

In particular, materials on the reaction of residents of the republic to close the oldest independent newspaper "Krasnoye Znamya", reports from the trial of the oppositioner Alexei Navalny, which took place in Kirov, and two posts in the blog «7x7» were subjected to research on the subject of the formation of public sentiment, which cast doubt on the legitimacy of the decisions of the authorities, belittle and discredit the authority of state institutions.

According to the conclusions of the examination, evidence of political activity of "Memorial" has become a picture of the propaganda cube with the inscription "Putin is a thief", set near the Kirov Court, which heard the case of "Kirovles". It illustrated report from the trial of a politician. As a strong evidence of political activity the Ministry of Justice also found a quote from the resolution of the Syktyvkar rally of communists: "The Government of Russia and Komi demonstrate incompetence and a complete inability to carry out constructive work" in a report of the online journal.

Overall an assessment concluded that the proven materials "certainly cast doubt on the legitimacy of the federal and republican authorities", and the ideological content of the articles is to provoke distrust and even hatred of the government. 

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