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Rights Group of the Week: Perm-36

posted 21 Sep 2015, 09:57 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Sep 2015, 10:05 ]
On 15 September 2015 a court in Perm upheld on appeal a ruling that the NGO Perm-36 should be fined 300,000 roubles (approximately $4,5000) for failing to register as a 'foreign agent'. The court also upheld a fine of 100,000 roubles (approximately $1,500) imposed on the former director of Perm-36, Tatyana Kursina, for the same reason.

The NGO Perm-36 had been established to run the Museum of Political Repressions in 1992 on the site of the Gulag prison camp, Perm-36. It was the only Gulag museum in Russia. RFE/RL reports that in March 2015, the NGO Perm 36 announced it had started shutting down after regional officials seized control of the museum. In April, the Justice Ministry ruled that Perm 36 was a "foreign agent."

Tatyana Kursina and Perm-36 intend to lodge a further appeal against the ruling.

Sources: '
Court Ruling Against Perm-36 NGO Under 'Foreign Agent' Law Upheld, RFE/RL, 16 September 2015; 
Perm-36, Wikipedia
Anna Dolgov, 'Russian NGO Perm-36 Could Be Labeled "Foreign Agent",' The Moscow Times, 23 April 2015

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