The Russian Ministry of Justice has announced that it has revoked the registration of 15 representative offices of international organizations and foreign NGOs, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. According to a statement from the ministry, the groups “were expelled after being found guilty of violating the current legislation of the Russian Federation”.
Responding to Russia’s decision, Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard said: “Amnesty International’s closure in Russia is just the latest in a long list of organizations that have been punished for defending human rights and telling the truth to the Russian authorities. “In a country where dozens of activists and dissidents have been imprisoned, killed or exiled, where independent media have been smeared, blocked or forced into self-censorship, and where civil society organizations have been banned or liquidated , you must be doing something right if the Kremlin is trying to silence you,” she continued.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk appealed for help to defend against Ukrainian provocations. In response to the Russian operation, Western countries launched a massive sanctions campaign against Moscow. (ANI)
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