The Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit on the liquidation of the Moscow Helsinki Group

The statement of claim was filed today with the Moscow City Court. The case has been registered, the issue of its acceptance for proceedings is being decided.

“In support of its claims, the Ministry of Justice points out that, in violation of the Federal Law on Public Associations, the MHG carried out activities outside the Moscow region, the charter of the organization does not comply with current legal requirements, and at the same time, during an unscheduled inspection by the Ministry of Justice, a complete package of required documents was not provided” , says the website of the oldest human rights organization.

“There is a very strange story there, because the MHG really had representatives on some courts in other regions, but they believe that this is within the framework of partnerships, that is, they came to support someone there, this does not mean that they held a separate event on the territory of another subject”, — informed “Interfax” member of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society and human rights Eva Merkacheva.

From the point of view of the Ministry of Justice, it is legally impossible to eliminate all these gross violations, and therefore the department considers it necessary to liquidate the organization and prohibit its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation.

The MHG was founded in 1976 and its first head was the Soviet physicist and human rights activist Yuri Orlov. The mission of the organization was to promote the observance of human rights and the building of democracy in Russia. From 1996 until the end of her life in 2018, it was headed by Lyudmila Alekseeva.


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