Formerly European Court of Human Rights demanded from Russia to suspend the execution of court decisions on the liquidation of organizations.
As stated in the court, the execution of the decisions should be suspended until the ECHR ruling on the complaint against the law on “foreign agents” filed by several Russian NGOs in 2013. In particular, some of the applicants in this complaint were International Memorial and the Human Rights Center Memorial.
The ECtHR refers to the 39th rule of its rules, which allows judges to take emergency interim measures to protect the applicant before considering the complaint. The court applied this rule in February this year, when it demanded that Russia release opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
December 28 Supreme Court decided liquidate Memorial International for violation of the law on foreign agents. In court, the prosecutor’s office actually admitted that the reason for the closure was formal, and the real reason was the work of Memorial to search for the perpetrators of Stalin’s repressions and publish the names of their victims.