Human rights center Memorial fined $5,000 for absence of foreign agent label
MOSCOW, October 22 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court has fined human rights center Memorial 300,000 rubles ($5,000) for failure to label itself “foreign agent” on social media platforms, RAPSI has learnt from the court’s press service.
Problems with the Russian communications agency Roskomnadzor have been caused by publications on the Facebook page of the NGO’s representative office in the Republic of Ingushetia.
A federal law adopted in November 2012 requires that all NGOs engaged in political activity and receiving foreign funding register as “foreign agents” or face fines. In June 2013, the Justice Ministry was granted authority to classify NGOs as foreign agents at its own discretion and included a number of organizations in its register.
Memorial was declared “foreign agent” by the Russian Justice Ministry in July 2014. In 2015, it was added to the so-called foreign agents list.