Igor Kalyapin: "We're not going anywhere. [...] We are not a foreign agent. Don't worry"

posted 27 Nov 2017, 00:37 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Nov 2017, 00:52 ]

"I really can't understand these necrophilic tendencies of the Ministry of Justice. As soon as we start the procedure to close down a legal entity, they suddenly get busy and start imposing fines on an organization that is already dead. Evidently, this is how they fulfill the work plan they have for repressive measures. [...] 
Don't worry, everything's OK. We're not going anywhere. Since 19 July 2017 we have once again working as the Committee Against Torture. We have taken back our original name. We are not a foreign agent. Don't worry." 

- Igor Kalyapin, head of the Committee Against Torture, an NGO based in Nizhny Novgorod, reacting to the news that the Ministry of Justice had levied a fine of 400,000 roubles for alleged violation of the "foreign agent" law.

Source: HRO.org [via Radio Svoboda