RUSSIA: Freedom of religion and belief monitoring group to be liquidated

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It becomes very difficult to hold governments to account when they have removed those who monitor their behavior. Vladimir Putin continues to pressure religious groups by now shutting down the leading religious freedom monitor in Russia – the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis.

This follows earlier court decisions that dissolved the International Memorial and the Memorial Human Rights Centre, the Moscow Helsinki Group, and on 19 August 2023, the same Moscow City Court judge who ordered SOVA's liquidation made the same ruling in the Justice Ministry's lawsuit against the Sakharov Centre.



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