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Council Of Europe Calls Russian Move To Close Memorial Rights Group ‘Devastating’ (RFE RL)

The head of the Council of Europe (CoE) says Russia’s moves aimed at closing down the rights group Memorial are “regrettable” and would deal a “devastating blow” to civil society in the country.

Marija Pejcinovic Buric, the secretary-general of the CoE, a pan-European rights body, said in a statement on November 12 that Russia should back off from a request a day earlier by the Prosecutor-General’s Office asking for the Supreme Court to shut down part of one of the country’s most prominent human rights groups.

Council Of Europe Calls Russian Move To Close Memorial Rights Group ‘Devastating’ (rferl.org)