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Russian court orders closure of country’s oldest human rights group

Supreme court ruling on Memorial is watershed moment in Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on independent thought

Russia’s supreme court has ordered the closure of Memorial, the country’s oldest human rights group, in a watershed moment in Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on independent thought.

The court ordered Memorial’s closure under Russia’s controversial “foreign agent” legislation, which has targeted dozens of NGOs and media outlets seen as critical of the government.

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