MOSCOW (dpa) – The Russian Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a government request to dissolve one of Russia’s biggest human rights groups, Russian news agencies reported.
The Russian Justice Ministry, which had brought the case to court, said after the decision that it was closing the case against Memorial because the organisation had corrected violations in its charter.
“The reasons for our complaint have been removed,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the Interfax news agency.
The Justice Ministry had complained that Memorial’s structure, which comprises some 60 legally independent bodies, violates Russian law. In response to the ministry’s criticism, the organization changed its status to a confederation in November.
The ministry did not withdraw its complaint, arguing that it wants a court decision.
Memorial, which campaigns for the rights of victims of Soviet repression and monitors human rights abuses throughout the former Soviet Union, has come under pressure after its refusal to obey a law that forces non-governmental organisations to label themselves foreign agents when they use foreign grants for political work.