On Thursday, June 23, police officers searched the office human rights center “Memorial” in Yekaterinburg, a few hours earlier, officers of the Federal Security Service (FSB) had detained its leader Alexei Mosin. According to Oleg Orlov, Chairman of the Board of “Memorial”, the reason for the search was a report about extremist literature allegedly located in the premises of the organization.
In turn, human rights activist Anatoly Svechnikov told OVD-Info that Mosin was “detained for the whole day.” According to the newspaper, the head of the Yekaterinburg branch of “Memorial” was detained by employees of the Center for Combating Extremism of the FSB (Center “E”). Alexei Mosin was supposed to make a report on June 23 at the Yeltsin Center at the international scientific conference “History of Stalinism”.
Liquidation of “International Memorial” and Human Rights Center “Memorial”
Historical and educational society “International “Memorial” and human rights center “Memorial” were eliminated on the claims of the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office of Moscow by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the Moscow City Court on December 28 and 29, 2021, respectively. Prosecutors accused human rights organizations of repeated and gross violations of Russian law, in particular, of concealing “the fact of performing the function foreign agent” and conducting political activities.
Both organizations appealed against the decisions of the courts. The Board of Appeals for Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on February 28 upheld the decision to liquidate the International Memorial. And in April, the First Court of Appeal of General Jurisdiction refused to satisfy the appeal against the decision to liquidate Memorial HRC.