The liquidation of International Memorial is devastating news for civil society in the Russian Federation. The existence and development of civil society organisations is an essential pillar of any European democracy. However, the Russian Federation appears to be moving further away from our common European standards and values.
Moreover, Russia’s authorities have ignored our repeated calls to reconsider the « Foreign Agents law » and rejected our offer to review legislation in line with the European Convention on Human Rights. This is highly regrettable. We continue to offer our assistance and expertise, but today marks a dark day for civil society in the Russian Federation.