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Russia orders closure of its renowned rights group



Russia’s Supreme Court ordered the closure of International Memorial, the country’s most prominent human rights group, escalating a sweeping crackdown that has also targeted
opposition activists and independent media.
The group founded by Soviet-era dissidents including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov must shut down after failing to identify itself as a “foreign agent” under Russian law, Judge Alla Nazarova said.
International Memorial catalogs political repression ranging from the mass purges and Gulag prison system of former Soviet ruler Josef Stalin to the persecution of dissent in Russia under President Vladimir Putin.

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