Russia Designates Human Rights Campaigner As "Foreign Agent"

Russia Designates Human Rights Campaigner As “Foreign Agent”

Russia Designates Human Rights Campaigner As 'Foreign Agent'

Oleg Orlov is fighting charges of “discrediting” Russia’s armed forces.

Moscow:

Russia’s Justice Ministry has designated Oleg Orlov, a veteran Russian human rights campaigner, a “foreign agent”, the ministry said on Friday.

The foreign agent designation requires that people and entities on the list place a disclaimer on items they publish and imposes strict financial reporting and self-disclosure requirements.

Orlov, 70, has been for more than two decades one of the leaders of the Memorial human rights group, which won a share of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022 — a year after it was banned and dissolved in Russia.

Orlov is fighting charges of “discrediting” Russia’s armed forces. In October he was fined in a case based on an article in which he wrote that Russia under President Vladimir Putin had descended into fascism.

He appealed against that verdict and prosecutors then sought a three-year jail sentence, accusing him of “political hatred of Russia”, something he denies.

In December, a Moscow court ordered a retrial in Orlov’s case on a legal technicality after prosecutors shifted their position.

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