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Fading human rights in Russia


The Russian Supreme Court ordered to liquidate the association for protection of human rights Agora. It is the first to fall under the ax of the infamous law on NGOs, on charges of "influencing public opinion".

Consequently, last Wednesday, the Supreme Court ordered its closure. It is the first time that the Ministry of Justice has demanded the banning of an association for the defense of human rights in Russia on charges of “influence public opinion“. An accusation obviously worrying for the slender freedom of expression under Putin’s rule.

Agora is one of the most famous and active organizations in the country, often drawing international attention on the increasing repression of human rights in Russia. It’s based in Kazan with 40 regional offices throughout Russia, and unites 35 lawyers who provide free legal assistance in the most important court cases against the opposition, as the Bolotnaya activists, the Pussy Riot, the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov and the artist Petr Pavlensy. Since its founding in 2005, it won several cases in front of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation resulting in six liberticidal laws declared unconstitutional. In 2014 Agora was awarded the Rafto Prize for Human Rights.

Kafka and Orwell

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