Moscow, November 12, Interfax - The Moscow prosecution service has pointed out in a motion for liquidation of the Memorial human rights center, designated as a foreign agent in Russia, that the center allows justification of the activity of followers of terrorist and extremist organizations.
The motion "indicates that materials of the human rights center allegedly 'contain linguistic and psychological signs of justification of the activity of members of international terrorist and extremist organizations, such as Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (banned in Russia), Tablighi Jamaat (banned in Russia), and at-Takfir wal Hijra (banned in Russia), and extremist organizations, such as Artpodgotovka (banned in Russia) and Jehovah's Witnesses (banned in Russia)'," the human rights center said.
"The activity of such organizations is presented by authors of the aforesaid materials as lawful and acceptable, while participation in their activity is viewed as a form of realization of the right to freedom of religion... Such materials aim at forming the general public's idea of the admissibility of terrorist and extremist activities, namely, the activities of international extremist and terrorist organizations and participation in them," Memorial quoted the prosecution service's motion as saying.
Prosecutors also deemed that the center had systemically concealed its activities as a foreign agent, thereby violating the Russian Constitution, the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and even the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
International Memorial is one of the oldest non-profit organizations investigating political repressions in the former Soviet Union and modern Russia.